Dear Art Educators,
I just received a request for lesson ideas for primary age children with
severe behavior problems.
Post your replies to Sheri to the list and I will forward them to her.
Michael Gerrish - I hope you are reading.
From Sheri Fried sfried68@...
>> Do you have any resources for teaching art to primary
level Severe Behavior Handicap students??
I am at a loss. I have a class of 5 of these kids. I
have basically given up trying to teach them any
content such as art history, criticism, or aesthetics.
Their behavior is so uncooperative and unpredictable.
I have been trying busy work instead, but they finish
everything so quickly, or get easily frustrated and
This was my reply to her so you do not need to repeat anything I have
already told her:
I would take it one element at a time. I am working on a page for Incredible
Art Department right now for kindergarten/early childhood that will give you
I would suggest doing exploratory type lessons with the students to build
confidence in making art. Do some no fail lessons just exploring materials.
Once you have built confidence in the art making, then you can add more art
Look at the ideas for Early Childhood on Incredible Art Department:
There is a reason for their behavior problem. Many act up because they feel
they can not do the work...If you work on building self esteem - you will
not have as many problems with them in art.
This article may help you:
There might be something here, too:
Importance of clear discipline plan:
Set up rewards - special projects they can do if they behave.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department