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differences between boys and girls

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Thu, 15 May 1997 16:48:00 -0500


I just wanted to report that the Lee H. Kellogg School BAND CONCERT & ART
SHOW went off quite nicely, thanks to your help! The rave reviews are still
coming in! Many parents, the first selectmen, a few of the other town
officers as well as the president of the school board and the
superintendent all made appearances and loved the show. As it turns out,
my predecessor never included more than three students per grade level in
any art show, so to have every student represented at this show was greatly
appreciated.

We had artwork on every hallway tack board as well as on the gym walls. We
also had small tables in the hall to display three dimensional work. Some
of the most successful wood assemblage relief sculptures hung outside the
office on the picture hooks generally reserved for the framed lists of
scholarship recipients.

In the back of the gym were 5 student art demonstrations. Planned
demonstrations were monoprints, glue line prints, linoprints, silverpoint
drawing, and gyotaku fish printing. Now I see why I should buy one of
those pre cast fish! The wind was so stiff the preceding week that the
Gloucester fishing fleet stayed in, and the students sent to the river to
catch some fish came back empty handed. The fourth grade students were
unable to do the gyotaku, but they were undaunted-on their own they got out
some complementary colored paper and demonstrated making complementary
colored flipovers! The students were having so much fun sharing their art
skills with their families and townsfolk, it was well past 9 before we were
all cleaned up and out of there!

Each piece was labeled with computer generated labels, just like those I
use for addresses. Each 2D piece got the label on the paper matting. Each
3D piece on the tables got the label on the edge of a 9 x 12 white or gray
paper, and the sculpture sat on the paper. The hanging 3D pieces had the
label stuck to the edge of an index card, which was taped to the back of
the piece so only the label showed. These labels were very handy. The month
before the show I entered the class lists on the address label template and
printed them out. As a piece was selected for the show, information about
the piece was written under the student artist's name. I periodically
updated the computer list, and the week before the show was to be hung I
printed the list on labels and began affixing them to the pieces. This was
an excellent way to make sure I didn't miss any students or forget to show
a piece of work I had stashed somewhere else for safe keeping.

Through out the year I include short written blurbs with the displays so
viewers will know what we were doing. I laminated a set of these and
mounted them around the show. These were quite a hit, and I enjoyed hearing
the first selectman comment that he never realized there was so much
learning going on in art classes.

Both the invitation and the program had a logo designed by an 8th grader.
Some of the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders had submitted drawings for it;
something they were asked to do when they had finished projects early.

I'd like to relate something interesting that happened at the show. The
story starts back in March when I spoke to a parent about the poor attitude
of her 8th grade son. He was very talented, but refused to attempt the
projects I presented. The piece I showed her at the meeting was a small
detailed painting of Michael Jordan in slam dunk position, in the middle of
a huge blank red background. The idea of the lesson was to make the figure
ground relationship equal, which this student openly refused to do. Anyway,
at the art show, the parent asked me why this painting was in the show? She
thought I didn't like it! I responded that while he didn't try to explore
the concept I had set out, he did make a great painting which deserved to
be shown. Has anything like this happened to others? Do you hang artwork
that went somewhere interesting, yet didn't follow the path the teacher
blazed?

I learned a lot through my hard work this year. While I had student and
parent volunteers helping to hang the show and do demonstrations, next time
I'll have the experience necessary to be able to delegate more tasks in
preparing for the show. Maybe in a couple years I'll have my own artroom
where I can store artwork and sort and mat it-with out having to move from
place to place to make room for other classes!

I couldn't have pulled this off without all you ArtsEdNetter's helpful
suggestions!
Thanks so much.

Mark

Mark Alexander
Grades 1-8 Art on the Cart
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031