- Rule #1 – “Say only things that are kind and encouraging about another person’s artwork.” (This includes any famous artists we may be learning about – yes, even Picasso!)
- Rule #2 – “Say only things that are kind and encouraging about YOUR OWN artwork.” (Negative self-talk is not healthy for you or those around you… it can actually discourage students sitting near you who may be admiring what you’ve just done!)
- Rule #3 – “Say ‘I’ll try’ instead of ‘I can’t’.”
Here’s a cute story involving our Art Rules that happened last year…. I had just finished going over the rules for Art time with my second graders. As the students started in on their project, one of them (who is often easily discouraged) blurted out, “This is impossible!!!” The room fell instantly silent and he quickly added, “….but I’ll try!” Then the whole class cheered. It was one of those great “teacher moments”!!