This week I introduced several new independent activities that students can choose to do if they have finished their artwork early, including magnetic pattern blocks.
Other "anchor activities" include free draw, how-to-draw books, coloring pattern pages, Fractiles, magnetic tanagrams, and drawing on white boards. My art teacher victory of the day was to recondition all of my old mini whiteboards with dry erase paper. They are as good as new! My goal is to keep students focused and creative even after the main lesson of the day is completed. Some days all anchor activities may be available and sometimes I will limit students' options.
I am wondering what independent activities are offered for early finishers or for students with special needs in other art classrooms?