February 21, 2011

quotable kids (week 3)

Sketchbook time is a necessary to get my students focused on art instead of what just happened in the hallway or who put their mouth on the water fountain.

The last two weeks there has been a theme in the sketchbook assignment. The first week was "Draw what you think you will look like in 10 years." The second week was, "Draw what you think you will look like in 50 years." Most of the kids spent more time talking about how old they will be in 50 years than actually drawing it. Needless to say I will be throwing that one out in future years. However, I did have one student make a request which made me laugh.

"Can our next sketchbook assignment be to draw ourselves in 100 years? Because I am really good at drawing a skull and bones."

February 9, 2011

quotable kids (week 2)

I don't know what my problem was, but somehow I scheduled all my classes to be working in paint the last week. Paint seems simple enough, but it is so involved for me as the teacher. Translation: zero down time. So every time a kid said something funny I would think, "Hmmm, I need to file that away so I can write it on my blog." But by the time I had time, I forgot what was said.

Today, although still knee-deep in paint, I laughed at some comments by third graders. It was smack dab right in the last 3 minutes of class at the end of the day. Perfect timing.

Three girls were helping fold paint shirts in the back of the room. This is a daily ritual for them if we happen to paint. 

Girl: "This is good practice." (As she folds another shirt)
Teacher: "What's good practice?"
Girl: "Doing laundry for the rest of my life. Because that's what we are required to do."
Boy: "That's right! Cause we aren't ever gonna do it."