Leisure & Excellence in the Art Room

About the Workshop

Stillness, silence, perhaps even boredom—rarities these days, but crucial elements of a leisurely classroom culture. The appreciation and creation of beauty needs time and space to flourish. In the art room, when we are with each group of students for only an hour or two a week, it can be tempting to compromise either leisure or excellence in the name of keeping things exciting or completing an arbitrary number of projects. In this workshop, we will talk about the importance of creating a culture of leisure, why slowing down can feel hard or risky, and practical ways to promote rest and excellence. Little things like how we organize supplies, deal with early finishers, craft lesson plans, and have students enter the classroom all contribute to our classroom culture. Along the way, we’ll take time for some moments of leisure ourselves.

Meeting Date and Time: Starting September 6, 5pm on Tuesdays

Meet Your Workshop Leaders

Sarah has taught elementary art at classical schools for twelve years. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma in Visual Communications. She started her career as a graphic designer but quickly realized sitting in front of a computer screen was not for her, so she quit her job, hiked the Appalachian trail, and began teaching art at a classical school in her hometown of Dallas. She loves introducing students to the great conversation of art. She seeks to make her classroom a place where students discover the joy that can be found in the silence, stillness, and focus that comes while creating and observing beauty. Sarah is currently taking a sabbatical to spend time with friends and family and pursue her own artistic endeavors. She has recently fallen in love with pottery and can’t get enough of it.
Sarah McWhorter
Elementary Art Teacher

Workshop Syllabus


Leisure & Excellence in the Art Room Workshop

$ 679
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount


Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org