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Here are a few things to get you going and to help you deliver Go Draw in School, and to make it a meaningful educational project. It is really important that you make it YOUR drawing festival. You know the needs of the children in your school/class. Adapt everything to suit what works best for your children. Above all HAVE FUN DRAWING!
If you need any help of advice do get in touch with John from The Artroom.
SUGGESTION ON HOW TO RUN THE PROJECT IN YOUR SCHOOL
Remember this is only a suggestion - adapt freely! Regular drawing is the key element to this festival, so try to do things every day!
Talk to the children about the festival first. You might want to do this as an assembly or in class. Tell them how much fun drawing is, and that there will be, literally, thousands of others joining in with the festival.
You might want to show the children the assembly video to get them started and excited about what is going to happen.
Try and find a regular time slot to draw each day. It might be just after assembly or after playtime. I would suggest NOT to do it at the end of the day - you may run out of time, the children are tired and it doesn't show them that you think it is important. It seems like a lot of time to give - but its worth it!
Give them their drawing books - instil a sense of pride, and excitement in the drawing books (please call them drawing books - it emphasises the idea of it being a DRAWING festival)
Play them the daily theme video (the first one is available below) or if you would rather introduce the theme in a different way that's wonderful - the more input the teacher gives the better.
Give them a set time to draw - you know what is the best length! But make sure it is protected time - try not to have any children leave for other activities!
Teachers, LSA should draw too - it shows the children how important it is! How about inviting other school staff (cleaners/ dinner people/ admin/ governors... Headteachers!) to join classes each day to draw as well - they will love that they are being included!
At the end of each session take some time to share and praise! (Don't 'mark' them or give out stickers for the 'best' - it's really important that everyone is valued.)
....do the same the next day... regularity is the key!
There are some additional ideas for you to try noted below
Why not make it a two week drawing festival with LOTS of other things going on in the school?
Go Draw in School
This is a good way to get things started! This short video shows why drawing is important.
This video and all the day's themes can be found on the special Video Page on the website CLICK HERE to visit
Daily Theme Video