Holiday Art Projects for School-aged Children in a Special School

December 18, 2017

In a special school like Crossroads, the process of art-making brings with it many valuable lessons.

Creating, attending, following directions, working with color and shape… the list of opportunities is seemingly infinite. Here’s Room 13’s take on holiday art projects to engage students and hold their attention, tie together a theme connecting the holidays that their students will encounter and celebrate, and build a gorgeous display that the children can see each day and connect to the calendar that guides the season of holidays.

Tying together a theme of the season’s holidays celebrated by the families of the children in the classroom, Room 13’s teachers knew they needed to engage the class in projects that would be consistent between the holidays and give the students a sense of commonality. This would bring meaning to the holiday season that we all go through as part of our yearly calendar. At the same time, the children would have exposure to the symbols, colors, and customs that make each holiday special and unique. This art project involved a good dose of teacher prep, but meets the objectives well.

Using painters’ tape, the teachers taped off the shapes and pictures to represent each of the holidays to be presented. Talking about Hanukkah and symbols of the holiday, the group then applied blue paint using wide brushes. Later, when it dried, they removed the tape to reveal beautiful dreidels and stars of David, which were then displayed on their art wall with a Happy Hanukkah sign.

   Talking about Christmas, the same process was used to create a Christmas tree, and presenting Kwanzaa, the group created kinaras which are the candle holders for this holiday.

As the students became more familiar with the process, the projects became increasingly complex and multi-colored. Presents with four colors, strings of lights. Multi-colors gave the children increased opportunities to make choices, and to work on colors and their labels too.

Additional to this project is the large holiday-chain they made, connecting the colors of the holidays together in a chain that frames the top of their wall.

What a beautiful wall Room 13 is creating. The project allows the children to have a visual display of a season which has much happening and may seem confusing.

Crossroads Center for Children’s self-contained school-aged classrooms work with students of elementary ages up to twelve years old. Students come from a great number of school districts in the Capital Region, to benefit from the support and safety of an Applied Behavior Analysis program. Room 13 is the newest of the three currently open school-aged classrooms. Growing the school-aged program, Room 13 opened in September.

Crossroads also has a preschool and nursery school program! Read an article about some of our younger children. http://crossroadcenter.org/how-to-have-a-great-time-when-youre-3/

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