Though I may be a music educator most of the time, I am passionate about all of the Arts!
Below is a excerpt taken from "30 Days of Drawing"- A DAILY DRAWING PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY,
You may find some things that music teachers can use, or ideas that you may share with other educators. For the whole article go to www.crescendo.com.au, Downloads, Visual Arts.
Children use drawing as language. Indeed, because drawing is spontaneous and independent of cultural norms, it is their most expressive language while learning the codes of literacy. The content of children
DRAWING THE WORLD WE KNOW:
DRAWING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS:
Children delight in finding imaginative solutions to mechanical problems to which they often apply wit and wisdom. Another advantage: those who have difficulties with realism may enjoy diagrammatic drawing. This activity is an important contributor to intellectual development and the scientific attitude.
* Problems are set by the teacher or brainstormed by children. The teacher explains that problem solving may Involve combinations of 1) words ‑ headings, labels, captions, expository prose, even poems; 2) drawings, charts, diagrams, cartoon sequences; and 3) numbers ‑ measurements, specifications, proportions.
* Individuals or small groups work on the problem and come up with solutions.
* These are photocopied and organized on a wall chart or mural. The originals remain in notebooks.
* A formal discussion determines their strengths and weaknesses. Students create a display poster of the best.