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Lesson Plans

art displays

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Mon, 15 Feb 1999 22:50:15 EST

Jen, I'm glad you brought up the question of art displays. How much is shown
often depends upon the available space. We have one large hallway, in which I
will show work by an entire grade level, if possible. My students don't always
work on the same projects, so our exhibits might be quite varied, which offers
more interesting viewing. By exhibiting work by all students, you are
affirming every child's efforts, however skilled or unskilled. I don't think
young children are embarrassed to have their work exhibited, but I have had
4th and 5th graders ask that I NOT show certain pieces, and I always respect
their requests. After all, it's their name on the artwork! I try to change the
exhibits at least every 2 months, mostly because I get sick of seeing the same
stuff! We have an art show every spring, and each child must exhibit two
pieces. We choose together. I keep a list of the extra wonderful pieces that
have already gone home, and send parents one request. About 1/3 of the
requested pieces actually make it back to school. I also hold a lot of work in
school for the show. Once we have selected the two pieces, the rest can go
home. This is manageable only because my school is small - 270 students. It's
worth the effort to see the children's faces when they bring their parents to
the art show.

Diane Jaquith
Burr School
Newton, MA