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Re:Ideas needed for Elementary Family Art Night


Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 16:35:05 PST

Sooooo let me tell you about art nights! I have been doing one for 7 years. We
get a fantastic showing of parents, friends and students one night a year in our
cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 pm( they really start coming at 6 and we try to shoo
them out by 8:30!).
We have a huge exhibit of art from the 6-8th grade and another exhibit from our
Honor classes. It covers the entire cafeteria- a lot of space!. Plus we don't
put out the 3d art till that night of the show( right after lunches are done- we
get release time).
Outside judges (art teachers from other districts) are invited in over to give
ribbons for selected pieces. The principal chooses his fav 2d and 3d and those
kids get certificates and ribbons.
The staff also gets involved and vote for their 3 favorite 2d and 3d pieces. The
selected pieces get special ribbons. On the day of the show (ART FAIR 2001) we
have a reception with cookies and lemonade to get the staff to come down to the
cafeteria to vote for the 3d pieces and see the entire show.
Besides the art exhibit, there are Art Booths throughout the cafeteria-
Calligraphy, Shrinky Dinks, Decorate a Cookie, Poster decorating, The Art Game(
great prize for matching the artist with their painting), Model Magic Faces,The
Art Store, Kiddie Corner, Get your photo as a famous work of art(this year it is
Mona Lisa),beverages and Hand painting. The people who come, buy tickets for
the booths at the cafeteria doors- 25 cents- most booths are 1 or 2 tickets some
are even free- Art Game and poster. The theme for our poster/mural this year is
"We all had a hand in Youth Art Month" It is decorated with the colorful hand
cutouts of all the visitors.
It is a blast and a heck of a lot of work! We have been very fortunate that
each year we have parent chairperson work with us . They usually stay for 3
We advertise the event with a lot of posters, announcements nd flyers to all in
coming middle schoolers . Proceeds have varied - approx-400 to 500. We pay back
our parent organization for any items they bought.We also set up an "sitting
area" for parents to relax as the kids enjoy the make and take art booths.
Each year we have tried new booths , but we always end up coming back to the
favorites. We are in the midst of getting ready for our next show. The art
honor students, NJHS , others and parents work at the booths. The kids that work
get 2 free tickets.
WE send out invites to all school board members, district administrators and
staff at our school.