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Lesson Plans

End of the Year Stuff

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Judith Grochowski (jfgro)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 23:46:00 -0500 (CDT)

I must say I've enjoyed the suggestions here, esp. the one about
keeping the inventory system check from Heth...and I wanted to toss in my 2
cents...a number of years ago an idea was suggested to our department by a
guest art educator during an inservice concerning art exhibits (we do a
large one at the end of each semester); it was to have the students set up
their own exhibits-just turn the art rooms into a gallery during that period
of time. Now, maybe this is an obvious idea-but at the time, it wasn't to us
(my co-worker and myself). We would spend a day setting up a smashing
exhibit in our media center, then crawl to the reception, drained from the
day. Now we tell the students, to select at least 3 of their best pieces to
display. It is understood the work must be in a completed state. Set up is
on Monday, Tuesday after school is a faculty reception (offer food-they WILL
come!), Wens is judging after school (HM ribbons), then an evening
reception, with food provided and hosted by our NAHS; this occurs the same
night as our semester music concert and is billed as an evening of the Arts.
Parents coming to the concert put their coats on their seats in the
auditorium, and come over to the art rooms to browse prior to it, this also
provides an expanded audience for our students. During the exhibit, there is
a place for interested parties to make bids on pieces which are for sale,
and students are expected to follow-up , even if they've changed their minds
about selling (funny how precious your work becomes when someone else wants
it!). Thurs or Fri the students take the show down, depending upon our needs
as a department. Since the rooms may be taken up with work, it's a nice
opportuntiy to critique during class-or a practice one of my co-workers has
initiated is to have students write notes to their peers regarding work they
esp. like-for instance "your favorite piece of sculpture", or "your favorite
drawing"...I feel this is esp. powerful! The notes are collected and given
to the students for whom they were written. Another feature of this exhibit
is that each student is expected to write a brief statement about one of the
pieces they are exhibiting. I guess I'd just have to echo what Fred said
about process/product. It is so incredible to have that "snapshot" of the
semester that an exhibit can provide! I know high school students can set up
their own displays-I wonder how it would translate to other/lower grade levels.
Judy Grochowski
Greenfield High School
Greenfield Wisc