I had two issues that I was struggling to solve in my classroom. One was that students I wanted to maximize classroom time with bell to bell learning and the second was that my students were starved for art history knowledge.
The first issue, bell to bell learning is challenging in the art classroom because clean up time of materials is a necessary thing. It always felt great when students successfully cleaned up their supplies and were ready to go to their next class. We got good at the clean up part but then I had students waiting by the door on their phones.
I realized that I could capitalize on this screen time by assigning weekly art history challenges. So each week I created this list: Art History Challenges and had the students create a page of images and facts on an artist.
I started this at the beginning of the year and although a few weeks slipped by the students now have a rich collection of knowledge and art history pages that they created and more importantly the bell to bell learning time is utilized and their knowledge of art history has expanded.
Here are some examples of the student Art History Challenges
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.