I love to read. I love books, I like the art of conversation, and I'm in awe of people that use words to their fullest potential. I always encourage students to use "big" words. Whether students are talking about their own art or describing their weekend, it's exciting to hear them drop in an extra credit spelling word.
I have a list of "extra credit" art words on the wall near my supplies. These extra credit words are actually worth no point value but do earn you a nod of encouragement and acknowledgement and sometimes a round of applause in the art room.
I sometimes recognize a student's use of a new vocabulary word by adding it to our list.
We regularly talk about famous artworks as well as our own or other classmates artwork in class. I always point out the vocab wall and even run through definitions before hand so kids are encouraged to use words in the correct manner. I'm always adding words to our wall but below is a document that will get you started if you are so inclined to start one of your own. Any other suggestions of "extra credit" words to add to our classroom list?
You can access and download the Art Adjectives Word wall here or below.
P.S. I was totally inspired by this art teacher - check here stuff out!