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Lesson Plans

Re: Fwd: gallery

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Christine Merriam (
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 11:32:29 +0000

I have just received a small grant from our school district to
establish a middle school art gallery with a group of eighth graders
planning,organizing and operating it.
Have any of you been involved in a project of this nature? Do you
have any advice for a group just starting out? Any other ideas?
Marcia Thompson

Hi Marcia,
Yes I have had a temporary gallery of borrowed art work. We have used
loans from the local collectors and artists, and had grants to get
traveling programs from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Students, staff, and parents have helped hang the shows. I taught one
grade level about the gallery myself, then I borrowed those kids from
other classes to be docents for groups of 4 student visitors. It was
quite interesting to see 5th graders teaching 8th graders about the
exhibits:) I used a format for the students to choose one artwork,
then ask their audience to describe it, try to explain how they feel
and why...we used a simple fill in the spaces paper for visitors to
write down thier thoughts too, then on the back they were asked to
draw the artwork they liked best. The principal arranged for a sub for
me for my regular classroom for one week while I was running the
gallery classes.
PROMOTION helps alot. Write up a newsrelease and send it to all the
papers in the area. That way people from the community stop in too...
or even come from other communities. We had the local junior college
classes coming in for evening art appreciation discussions too.
Teachers in other areas helped a great deal. I still have a timeline
of local art history that a classroom teacher made for one show.
Unfortunately, I no longer have access to a space for this activity.
It is a lot of work... delegate as much as possible.
Glad you are doing it!

Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School