That was when I decided to start using a set of "ARTIST" rules. In the art room, we are all artists, but we can only be successful artists if we follow these simple rules!
I have found that almost any behavior can fall under one of these rules and they are easy for the kids to remember since it spells out "artist".
A - Always listen to directions. (This included not talking while the teacher is talking!)
R - Respect the supplies & class. (Clean-up falls under this rule!)
T - Treat others with kindness. (I find the word "nice" to be too vague for the youngsters)
I - Imagine new things & be creative.
S - Stay in your seat & keep your hands to yourself.
T - Talk quietly during work time.