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Lesson Plans

RE: Spring Art Exhibits

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Sears, Ellen (
Sun, 18 Oct 1998 19:25:58 -0400

Carol -
I teach art in a one school district. Up until this year - I was
the only art teacher for grades K-8.

Our art show is 4 years old, and it is in the spring (May) part of
the reason is because I see the middle school kids on a rotating schedule,
and I don't have some until Spring.

I have two groups of parent volunteers. One group (about 30) is
scheduled so that someone comes everyday for 1 1/2 hours to work in the art
room. Part of what they do is cut poster board mats, mat final work and
label. (They do other things too, this is just one thing.)

I print labels on the computer for each piece - name, grade,
teacher, what it is (memory paintings, texture weavings....) and medium.

One parent stores all of the work in the storage space above her
garage. before the art show she uses the class lists to make sure every
student is represented (someone always falls through the cracks) by at least
one piece - 95% have 2, some might have 3.

The other group of volunteers hangs the work, or places items on
tables. They come the day before the art show and work for two days. We
leave it up for one or two weeks (some stuff falls etc... so we need to have
someone come into check). Last year I had over 1,000 items for 450 kids.
At the end of the show they take it all down and deliver to
homerooms. I really don't see it again.

Last year I included some of the student's narratives. I need to
have a catalog with brief descriptions of processes etc... I had one
teacher work with her class last year and she had something in the art show.
I would like to get some teachers and parents to come in and do some of the
projects too - where to find the time!?

Opening night is the same night as the Spring Concert and PTA
meeting with installation of new officers. Students sign up to play the
piano, violin etc (placed at each corner of our interior hallway - like a
big circle.)

I have displays in the front hall during the year.

Can't think of anything else - if you have any questions - let me