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Lesson Plans

Art Fairs

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Virginia Rockwood (wckdstpm)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 19:10:16 +2610


Last night my middle school had its Exploratory Open House which is now
a ten year tradition. Some of what we do may be helpful. The main
purposes of our evening are to generate positive PR and to showcase our
students' work and achievement. We send (student designed) invitations
to parents, school board, newspapers, upcoming sixth graders, and send
announcements to radio stations. I have students sign up to come in to
do facepainting and demonstrations (papermaking, lino block printing,
etc. whatever the students are currently working on). This year a couple
students wanted to draw portraits, so we set up another station for
them. And every square inch of corridor wall space is occupied by
students work. During the evening other students bring in their parents
and siblings to show them their portfolios of art work, and I have a
no-stress opportunity to meet and speak with parents. We find that the
more students we have actively participating the more successful the
evening is. We also have a couple roving students with a video camera
documenting the whole extravaganza. Despite the time needed for
organization and set up, the positive comments from parents and
community and their better understanding of our curricula help keep our
programs alive in these times of budget cuts.