I used to like to ease into the schedule, but experience has taught me that holidays, testing schedules, concert practices and field trips start taking my students away from art class as early as November. So now, we dive into media and techniques by the second week.
I am also starting a Sketchnoting push in my classroom with a dual purpose: to help students make better connections about art concepts and also, to help them learn better outside the art room. No one really teaches kids how to take notes. I thought this video summed it up:
I. Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, etc.)I used that skill set for note taking in college, but ended up being a big doodler on my notes (especially in Biology classes, back when I thought I was going to be a medical illustrator). At any rate, I was doing visual note taking a LONG time ago. I always worried that I would get busted by a professor for not doing notes the right way. Fast forward to now--I think this method is good for many students, especially by helping them make connections. It is better than "mind-mapping", in my opinion.
A. Capital letters (A, B, C, etc.)
1. Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.)
a. Small letters (a, b, c, etc.)
i. Small Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, v, etc.)"
Recently, Wall StreetJournal wrote an article about the power of doodling and memory: