UBCO – Introductions


Start by writing your full first and last name on the upper edge of the card, along with today’s date. 

  • SPIRAL – When the timer begins, start with a dot, then very slowly spiral a line around it keeping lines as close together as possible without letting them touch. Relax, focus, concentrate from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!
  • Today we are working small, on an index card, but this is also a great exercise using your full arm and body on large paper. (Link to a video example of a spiral warm up with children – Access Art, UK)


How we ended up in this room and a few notes about our varied background experiences that contribute to our interests in teaching PLUS a few questions related to what images and art mean to us now or meant to us as children. 

TEACHER BACKGROUND and Family Connections

You can go to UBC CONNECT to get these links


Hand out textbooks and sketchbooks. Put names in books. Leave first two pages blank in the sketchbooks, then make a note of the weekly reading and “homework”  at the bottom of the third page. Your first sketchbook assignment will be to make one or two pages with simple sketch notes about key points in the readings.

Chapter 3: Child Development in Art. What do you need to know?

Chapter 16: Visual Journals in the Elementary Classroom

*For next week, bring at least one smooth stone that fits in the palm of your hand. Also have your supplies, a meaningful quote or mantra, and anything needed for pattern or image inspiration to  create a personal artifact next class. Optional artifact additions may also be added for symbolic meaning- (examples, a feather, a shell, images, messages, other small natural objects, etc.) 


After a fifteen minute break, we will be back in class ready to draw with chalk pastels. If you are finished early before break, or back early after break, take a few minutes to clip a wedge of colour/texture from a magazine image to kickstart your design.

*Note for you as future teachers: Always have a back-up plan! 

Especially at times of transition, like today, with new materials, new people, etc., it is possible that we might run short of time. The chalk drawing is a valuable exercise to get us started with an approach to drawing but we can come back to it another day if it doesn’t fit in today.  We will make a judgement call, and if there is not enough time for this drawing, we will work on some sketch journal background strategies and prep for the artifact project.

Look closely at the colours, textures and patterns in the cut piece, then extend your design out to the full page. The wedge will be removed later, but it’s location is where you will create your focal point. Ignore naturalism or figures, focussing on abstract design, blended or overlapped colours and varied mark making.

The Artifact Project

Community Call for Participation Link – COHA Personal Journeys Exhibition

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