Third and 4th graders art studio time is looking different these days. We are moving towards a choice based curriculum (following the Teaching for Artist Behavior TAB philosophy for all of you teachery people). Students are now developing their own subject matter and deciding what materials they want to work with. This much independence means that students need to be able to get materials all on their own (and clean up). All of the art materials in the room have been organized into centers. So far we have a clay, fiber, drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Each center has a menu. Students use the menus to remember procedures for gathering and cleaning up supplies. They also use them for help with techniques and subject matter. In upcoming weeks I’ll post about how each center is organized. There has been a lot of trial and error with the setup, but now the room is working pretty smoothly.