For a number of years the third grade at the Central School has curated, with
the help of their art teacher, a large spring exhibit of their paintings,
drawings, prints, masks, puppets, weaving and sculpture. The exhibit hung in
the hallways for a month, so that parents and children of the lower grades could
visit the show often, see photos of their friends making art and read the
artist statements accompanying each piece. All work in the show was chosen by
the student artists and some children exhibited several pieces. The show
traditionally contained between 400 and 450 pieces from about 180 children.
Younger students were invited to write "fan letters" to their favorite third grade
artist. A description and photos is available at http://knowledgeloom.org/tab
A recent change in Massachusetts fire regulations has made it impossible for
any paper to be attached to walls in our school hallways. To cope with this
situation we have made our grade three spring show on our school web page.
Once again, all work was made independently by grade three students in a choice
art room. The work exhibited was chosen by the students, not the teacher.
The teacher took digital photos and a parent volunteer assisted in collecting
the artist statements.
This is a new experience for us. We used software called EZWebshow
(http://jgoware.com/ezwebshow.htm) It was fairly straightforward; however I did need
a lot of assistance from our computer specialist. We needed to find ways to
keep track of all the photographs and to match them with the artist
statements to be uploaded on to the web page. The learning curve was steep at times
and because we found the software recently, most of the show was mounted in the
last month. I would recommend a much longer timeframe in order to keep the
The show is smaller in this venue; there are around 325 pieces, most of which
have statements. My photography skills are not good but the children are
thrilled that their work can be seen around the school, and, possibly, around