First some background information. The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts
a ceramic competition every April. This will be the first in the new museum
building. I was told a little while back that we would be expanding and
adding a exhibition for High school students at CAM. After discussion the
committee added elementary and Junior high/middle school students. We have a
limited amount of space, so they decided each teacher would get a set number
of entries (problems 1& 2 come from this). We can exhibit around 50 - 60
pieces. Some in a display case in the lobby of CAM, others on tables in the
gallery. We won't be using pedestals for safety reason. So a call of entries
was sent out to all art teachers and elementary principals in the Region XV
Education Service Center area. This is a section of the state we are located
in. It covers 18 counties (I think) and 44 school districts. All teachers
are invited to participate, no-one is required.
Problem #1 Some elementary teachers objected to the limited number of
entries they want all of their class or none to be on display. One grade
level from one elementary school in San Angelo ISD can be between 80 - 100
kids (4 classes of 20 - 25 kids in the more crowded elementary schools).
That would be more there is no way we could handle that volume. They feel
that selecting a limited number of students in unhealthy competition at the
lower grade levels. We've suggested literally drawing names out of a hat and
showing the other children's work at the school. Then the objection is, but
then it will not be the best pieces. What do you think would be a fair way
of handling this situation?
Problem #2 How do we divide the spaces up equally? Some teachers have one
class others 7 or more? So number of teachers divided into number of spaces,
will not be fair. Number of classes into number of spaces might be more
equal but again the number of kids in a class can vary wildly from 5-10 to
20-30. I was thinking of asking each teach the number of Students in the
classes participating dividing that number into the number of spaces. Then
for every x number of students the teacher enters 1 piece. What way do you
feel is the best way to decide how many pieces a teacher can enter? Are you
in a large or small school setting?
The educator and I ran into our boss at lunch. He is going to see about
having $100 worth of clay (that would be around 312.5 pounds of clay if we
get it through the Chicken Farm Art Center) donated to the schools that do
not normally include clay, so did not purchase it this year. We are working
with Angelo State University and the Chicken Farm Art Center to help schools
fire the clay, if the teachers can't do it at school. I've also recommended
that if we decide to make this an annual event - we tell the teachers in
late April/early May so they can include clay in their purchase requests.
BTW if you are in Texas ESC Region XV and have not received a call of
entries, please call us if you want more information. Call SAMFA at
915/653-3333 and ask for Karen Hunter. We are using a list generated by the
Region XV office, there may be inaccurate information. In some cases we were
not given an art teacher's name and sent the notice care of the principal.
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
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