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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need advice for middle school art show


From: Natalie Sakurai (gnatsak_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 14 2010 - 08:10:54 PDT

Not sure if this would work at the junior high level, but at an
elementary school, we set up an inter-active art show, where pieces
were grouped by project. Upon entering the show, students (and
parents) were given a map, showing numbered stations. Each "station"
was manned by volunteer students and parents, who asked each visitor
one of several questions (scripted) about the work at their station.
The questions were based on what students should know about art by
their grade level. (Parents were asked 6th grade questions.) Correct
answers received a stamp or check on their map. (Of course they were
given a second chance if needed.)

Once a map was complete with all stations visited and checked,
students could turn it in for a small prize, and enter a drawing for a
larger prize. Parents really enjoyed taking part in this event,
although it's probably easier to get them involved at the elementary
level. This was also part of a larger event that included hands-on
art activities (sponsored by local businesses), an art occupations
table, (where parents with art-related jobs could talk to kids about
what they do), a "Shoes of Hope" station (where kids could decorate
shoes to be donated to needy children), live music, and a pancake

Have fun!

On Apr 13, 2010, at 8:03 PM, play2cre8 wrote:

> Can you have some regular art students act as docents and partner up
> with someone (strength in numbers) and be responsible for talking
> about techniques displayed on a section of wall?
> Maybe even supply them with a stamp and other students can visit each
> and collect - then their names can be entered in a drawing - as
> patrons.
> Or create a 'treasure hunt' with displayed art - and invite students
> to search.... they can supply the artists name...
> Can each regular class create a display of their work as a
> collaborative piece? Write an artist statement as a group, have class
> reps present....
> I don't know - it is late and I am tired - can't wait to see how this
> reads in the morning.
> Ellen
> On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM, Mallory Hillis <> wrote:
>> I would love advice on how to have a great end-of-year art show
>> that gets all middle school art students excited about attending
>> and being a part of the event. This is my second year as an art
>> teacher. Last year, the other art teacher and I had our advanced
>> students each create their own black display boards presenting
>> their best works. We also posted a large number of our regular art
>> students' work on large sheets of black bulletin paper. The
>> artworks were judged and cash awards were given in 7 categories
>> (1st, 2nd 3rd, and also a Best in Show)during the evening of the
>> show. We got good feedback and were fairly pleased with the
>> turnout, but we want it to be even better this year. We normally
>> have a good turnout of our advanced students, but it's our regular
>> art students who normally do not attend. We would like to find a
>> way to have our regular art students become more involved in the
>> show - by submitting their favorite work or helping set
>> up - but it seems like such a daunting task with a combined total
>> of 750 students, minimal wall space, and seeing them only once or
>> twice a week for 45-minute periods. Any thoughts? And if there
>> are other creative ideas regarding middle school art shows, I would
>> greatly appreciate them. Thank you all so much.
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