Quick Pose Warm Ups

Make tangible, physical connections to new vocabulary and concepts to prepare to work as artists.
A class of first grader embody the word

What is it?

Kids make poses to express what they know about vocabulary prompts. Teachers help their class to learn from each other, and expand their understanding by noticing and describing the variety of ways that kids express the same idea.

  • Students embody both an emotion and a character during a warm-up game.

    What artistic choices are we warming up to make?

    Prepare kids to work as artists by prompting them to embody words that describe the choices they can make today. See videos below for examples.
  • Students show their understanding of advanced emotion vocabulary while creating poses during the Emotion Statue game.

    Describe the variety of expressive choices

    Kids’ understanding of vocabulary prompts is deepened when the variety of their physical expressions are noticed and described with specificity.
    Use the Describing Tool: Face & Body

Pose to clarify visual art vocabulary

Use a quick pose warm up to introduce choices that students can make within any visual arts media. Embodying the vocabulary to describe those choices gives kinesthetic learners a concrete experience to refer to as they work. Examples below.

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/3TwGX8u9FN4

    Prompts to describe shape and composition

    Teaching Artist Sarah Provost uses prompts describing shape and composition to prepare 1st graders to collage their expressive puppet faces.
    Learn more about 5 shapes collage
  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/jy4JBCJfVD4

    Prompts to describe texture

    Classroom teacher Julissa Acosta uses prompts describing texture to prepare kindergarteners to make choices using a variety of collage materials
    Learn more about torn paper collage
  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/QOjqqLGlIgc
    Prompts to describe pencil lines

    Classroom teacher Michele Martin uses prompts from a chart of ways to describe the shape, size  and direction of lines to help her kindergarten students physically review the choices that they can make when drawing with pencil.

    Learn more about the Explore & describe Drawing with Pencil Lesson

Pose to support SEL

Use the Emotion Statue game warm up to help kids express, recognize and describe their own emotions, the emotions of others and of characters. Kids can use this physical experience as a reference for verbal, written and visual expression.

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/MYwy8Q5FUE0

    Prompts to describe core emotions

    Teaching Artist Rima Fand and classroom teacher Teresa Donnelly use core emotion prompts with kinder and 1st grade students with disabilities
    Learn more about the statue game for core emotions
  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wv6OP7fslM0

    Building on emotion statues with Emotion Mapping

    Teaching artist Erin Orr prompts 1st graders to embody the word “Hesitant” and then compare and contrast the word visually on an emotion map.
    Learn more about Emotion Mapping
  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wde4deZ8vAA

    Connecting to and processing complex emotions

    Through making a “shocked” pose, a child connects to a shocking personal experience. Artist SJ Munford helps them to process, and make an expressive puppet face
    Learn more about 5 shapes many emotions

Pose to explore elements of story

Use a quick pose warm up to explore character traits and emotions, sensory details in story settings and reactions to story problems. Embodying story elements deepens kids’ understanding of literature and can inspire their own story making.

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/UbCQlLlNkyA
    Prompts to explore character traits and emotions

    then create statues to show a variety of story characters expressing  various surprising emotions. How would you show a shocked vampire?  Finally they draw & describe expressive characters. . Classroom teacher Jean Antoldi used this as a pre-sequence for creative writing.