Teacher's Pet

 Autograph Art Apron photo by Melody Weintraub

Autograph Art Apron photo by Melody Weintraub

We need to be cautious in the art classroom not to show favoritism to gifted students. We also need to be careful not to ignore them. Our lessons need to include modifications for the gifted students, “who finish early,” or “who would like to include…” However, we need to find positive things to say about the progress of each type of learner. A positive, truthful comment could become a key that unlocks a world of possibilities for that student. By differentiating not only our approaches to lessons, but also offering students a variety of ways to express themselves artistically, we give more students an opportunity to find “their” medium and thus make a connection to art.