I have been wanting to make a small gallery at one of my schools since I was hired a couple months back (has it been that long already?!) I wasn't sure where I wanted it or how I wanted it to look.
After I got the room mostly organized the way I needed/wanted it - I thought about making the gallery on one of the walls in my room. The wall is huge and ALL the students would see it. I decided I wasn't happy with this idea for a couple of reasons: 1) The 5th grade production backdrop has now been hung over that wall so we can start working on it. 2) All students would see it but no one else -- no parents, visitors, or staff would get to enjoy it. So, all in all I decided to make one fo the front big bulletin boards, complete with track lighting, into the Star Gallery. (The funky yellow star is our schools logo - it is based off of Matisse)
The gallery has somewhat amiable lighting (though there aren't enough lights for the board/far enough away - but it's better than nothing), good traffic, a sparkly gold frame and artwork already on it. I have yet to complete the boarder - but in due time.
I will be posting student work in/on the Gallery that goes above and beyond the project expectations - or even if a student goes above and beyond their personal level. At this point there are no awards or certificates, just the honor of seeing their work there. I am thinking about doing a picture of them with their art on the wall, but frankly I'm not sure I have the time. I am at this school 3 days and those 3 days are PACKED! Classes are pretty much back to back and there is little time for much else. Perhaps I can get some parent volunteers to help me out with this?!