On their last day of art I asked my elementary students to write down one thing they learned in art this year on a sticky note to put on the board. It was so touching for me to see the little quips and lessons the students held onto, I kept a bunch of the notes so I could remember them. Here are a few of my favorite ones! I kept the spelling because it is so cute!
Third & Fourth Grade Art
"My favnat art that I leard is to never stop drawing."
"I learned art is not post to be perfect."
"I learned that I am a good artest"
"that my art isn't as bad as I think."
"I lernd draw wate you see not wate you think you see."
"I learnd that art is to let out your feelings and express ourselves."
"I've learned that I am better at art than I thought."
"I lerned that I am good at art and I am creative in art!"
"To leat your hart and amaganashan gide you."
"I think I am a great artist and I am better at art than I thought."
"I am really good at art!"
"What I learned in art is to trust myself. And art takes a long time."
Fifth Grade Art
"In art this year I learned even if it doesn't look good at the beginning it does not mean it will turn out bad."
"I learned that it's ok to mess up and try again."
"I learned that I am WAY better at art than I thought, plus I had so much fun doing it!
"I am good at art!"
"I learned that art doesn't need to be serious, it can be FUN!"
"I learned that I am good at art. I am a good artist! I learned that your drawing may look bad to you, but it will look good to everyone else."
"That just because yours doesn't look good doesn't mean you suck."
"I didn't know I could draw faces!"
"I learned that you need to start small to create something big."
Middle School Art (6,7,8,9)
"I feel like my world has been opened up to new styles of art that I LOVE!"
"I learned that when you think it you can do it!"
I learned to be confident in my art!"
"I was definitely challenged. I have never had a teacher push me to do hard things and it was kind of awesome. I learned that if I think I can, I can."
"I thought I was really bad at taking pictures, but it turns out that I am actually alright at it. I found out that I LOVE taking pictures. Its my favorite way to express myself :) "
" I always thought photography was just point and shoot but its not."
"I learned that art is hard, but it is worth it. Now I know that I am better than I thought."
"I learned how to make something ordinary extraordinary!"
I have been showing this video to most of my classes this week as we end the school year. It really captures what I wanted my students to leave with this year!
We ended everything with a little discussion about how to find something that makes you happy and to pursue it. Sports, art, dance, music, math....whatever it may be, choose something that makes you happy and make sure you find a way to keep it in your life.