When I want to keep student work for exhibition (if you send it home you'll
almost never get it back) I take a photo of the work and give that to the
student. They get their original art back after the exhibition.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren High" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Student Art Exhibits
> I have a follow-up question. Do you have to save the
> artwork of the students in your classroom throughout
> the year? I imagine that once they take the stuff
> home there is no way you could ever get it back in any
> sort of condition suitable for display.
> If you do have to store their artwork all year do you
> keep all of it or only select pieces? I know many of
> the kids want to take the artwork home to give to
> their family, but I don't see how they can do that if
> you want to have an art show.
> --- "M.Austin" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > This is for my grade school shows:
> > > 1.) How often do you have student art exhibits?
> > Once
> > > a semester? Once a year?
> > Mine are once per year, and it is a BIG event.
> > > 2.) Where in the school do you have the exhibit?
> > The
> > > hallways? The cafeteria?
> > I have it in the commons prior to the music concert.
> > > 4.) How do you mat the work? How do you hang the
> > work
> > > on the wall? Is there a place where you can
> > purchase
> > > large quantities of 18x24 construction paper in
> > black
> > > or gray to use for matting?
> > I use 12x18" colored construction paper in
> > coordinating colors to the
> > artwork. Students create their art on 11x17" paper,
> > so there is a 1/2"
> > border around the art.
> > > 5.) Do the students name the art pieces or do you
> > come
> > > up with the titles?
> > I don't have them title their artworks, due to the
> > sheer number of artworks
> > displayed (each student exhibits a minimum of 3
> > artworks). When we exhibit
> > at the museum (20 artworks selected by me per
> > school) the students name
> > their art. This is a big honor for them to be
> > selected.
> > > 6.) Do you have a reception for the art show?
> > No.
> > > 7.) How is the work selected for the art show?
> > I have students choose. This allows me to see which
> > artworks they value,
> > which is usually either the artwork that was
> > completed the way the student
> > envisioned, OR the one they enjoyed creating the
> > most.
> > > 8.) Is there a set number of pieces each student
> > is
> > > required or allowed to have an exhibit?
> > Again, yes. 3 per student. Their parents make the
> > effort to come to the show
> > and view the art, and they enjoy seeing multiple
> > artworks. It also seems to
> > promote more discussion between students and
> > parents.
> > > 9.)Do you have the works judged and select pieces
> > > awarded with ribbons or certificates, or it
> > strictly
> > > an exhibition?
> > My art show is for all students, and I don't have
> > them judged. My students
> > are all proud of their work, and at the elementary
> > level I feel this may
> > diminish their pride if they don't win an award.
> > > 10.) How long does it take you to prepare for the
> > show
> > > and get everything set up? What sort of help do
> > you
> > > receive to get this done? Are the students
> > involved
> > > in hanging the show?
> > Hours, and hours, and hours. I have a student aide
> > that mats artwork and
> > labels them. I have display boards that I hang art
> > on whenever I find a free
> > minute.
> > At the middle school and high school level, students
> > are required to display
> > their 2 best pieces, but may hang more if they
> > desire. They mat their own
> > artwork, and hang their own show. This art show is
> > Fine Arts Night, where
> > the forensics kids do their pieces, soloists perform
> > for vocal and band, and
> > I have the Industrial Arts bring in their drafting
> > works, wood working
> > pieces, and metals.
> > ~Michal
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