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Lesson Plans

juried shows for kids

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Brian Foster (fozzie)
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 23:09:29 -0400

to san d, fred, debbie
Juried shows as such are contests and while I encourage students to
enter any contest they desire, I would never require it of them. We do
posters as parts of units and often they are based on a theme generated by a
poster contest, but only entries sent in are at the REQUEST OF THE STUDENT,
all students recieve a grade for the project. Many students would rather
have their work displayed in the school rather than sending it off to a
contest. I keep info on any legit art contests I can find and post it where
kids can copy info. and some enter lots- most don't
Judging is another aspect of art shows and finding good judges for the
MS age group can be difficult. When the quantity of artwork exceeds 300 pcs
you will find your judges less enthusiastic than you would have hoped.
Our all county (very small county)student art show is not a juried show
in that all students are allowed to enter any original work that shows
serious effort and is "presentable", a wide a purposefully vague term, used
to filter out vulgarities etc. (middle school kids don't do that?) and also
to allow the teacher to make matting or display suggestions without brusing
egos (I really creative mat can do wonders for even a grotesque work!)
All students recieve a certificate custom designed for the show (not the
standard ones in the office) and while this is not a juried show we do have
judges who award best of show ribbons to the top 5% of the entries. Our
last show had 600 ms and hs entries and 30 ribbons were awarded. We also
had a blind drawing from the entry numbers and gave away stuff to about 100
of the kids (all donated- small things art pencils, sketch pads, etc from
local sources in exchange for their name in our program).
As a teacher I give bonus points to all students who enter work in any
show, juried or unjuried, and I find it really increases participation since
they can tell their friends they're doing it just for the points and not for
there ego or to be a "brown nose" (middle school egos and peer pressure).
I believe the rules and make-up of any art exhibition for students
should be decided by the teachers who will be involved, in close
consultation with interested parents, as to how best to showcase their
students artwork. I don't really think this is administration turf unless
it's been really botched up in the past.
Really big shows might have to be juried because of sheer numbers- in
that case have an all school non- juried show to allow full participation.
Shows and exhibitions should be for the benefit of the students, the
parents, the school, the community, the teacher, the administration-
probibly in that order. And maybe add the world?
xkuuz spelling bf