On the first day of art (which is really the first whole week for me), students were able to create art WHILE listening to the art introduction. For the past two years, I always did my rules and whatnot first, then art, and realized that the students just really want to jump into art. I can't blame them, so I decided to see if they could handle multi-tasking...and it worked perfectly!
They traced their hand & arm and decorated them with Sharpie markers and crayons. Each table had 2 colors so that when all the hands were placed together, they would make a rainbow.