A year ago in September we were told that new Massachusetts fire codes as
interpreted in our town would not allow any paper in hallways at any time.
Because we do not have an auditorium (PE classes meet in the cafeteria,
around lunches) our show migrated to the 'web. Although NOTHING replaces
looking at actual artwork in person, this was an interesting experience for
last year. Students were able to view and print out images at home and their
extended family members were able to visit the show online. This year we have
student whose aunts and uncles in Lebanon will see her work. Classroom
teachers also made use of the show for descriptive writing and letter writing
This year also informed me, as, due to scheduling problems, we were not able
to put the artist statements under each of the images (this is the only
laborious part of the process and it required both of us working together for
several hours.) Quite frankly, I do not have the same feeling for this
for last year's and I am certain that it is the missing statements that
disturbs me. So although it is a terrible amount of work, collecting and
displaying statements is really worth it to
Last year's show is still up at
complete with statements from our little guys.
We still have the town art festival coming up: a huge tent and they can take
one piece from each of my third graders. I offer participation as a choice,
as it is not a school event. Most of my students offer something and enjoy
seeing their work hanging close to the juried adult work. I have to get
show together soon!