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Lesson Plans

displaying and exhibiting student art work

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Fri, 28 Aug 1998 15:29:41 EDT

Display of student work is a very important part of the art process. It
definitely brings a type of closure for the student. In the school district
where I work until recently the displays/exhibitions were outstanding. In
fact, it helped strengthen our rather weak art dept. Several of us from
different grade levels K-12 were involved in the planning. A topic (an art
movement, artist) would be selected to be used in the exhbition. This would
help the community become aware of an artist or art movement as an addendum to
a select display of fully matted art work K-12 usually 15-20 pieces per
teacher. The art teachers would know what theme was selected (and would have
input ) and they could incorporate this into one of their lesson, if desired.
For example,Roy Lichtenstein was used one autumn for the "theme"...throughout
the hs lobby hanging ceiling were black dots as well as on the walls floor,
etc. Three dimensional works were on boxes covered with dots, too.
Explanations and prints of Lichtenstein's work could be found throughout the
display. These exhibitions were targeted for the most attended concerts in
our school district. (Our school district is nationally and internationally
known for its Orchestra and symphonic Band , thus, parent and community
attendance is extremely high at these events.) The music dept. agreed to
place names in the concert program if received a week before the concert. One
art work was selected for the cover. The fine arts chair would encourage
parents to view work in the lobby. It was extraordinarily successful.
Display /presentation of the art work sometimes needs to capture the audience
and it is a responsibility that the community value the student work but also
be educated in the visual arts.