Well, it came, it was great - and now it's over. Art show was tonight and I can't believe how great it was!
I was stressing a little bit last night about how long it would take to set up, how many volunteers I would get, how the community would receive the show. I teach art very differently than many art teachers I know - for me art is more about guided exploration, learning, problem solving -- truly creating. I wasn't sure if the community would be looking for more 'glamorous' projects. From the handful of parents that stopped to chat with me - it sounded well received -- not just the show, but the program I have started this year. One parent told me her child likes coming to art because I listen to their ideas instead of just telling them what to do -- huh, I just figured that was part of teaching kids.
I had a bunch of volunteers that came in to help, teachers sent down volunteers from their rooms -- the art show grids where set in place, artwork was hung, tables were drug from all ends of the building, and clay was set out -- all in record time. I was planning on having to crame it all in before the doors opened at 6:30. Everything was done and completed by 2:30! Thank you to all of my volunteers that helped!!! I couldn't have done it without you.
Now for the self reflection on the show.
Things to do again:
- QR codes (there were a hit with parents, especially dads)
- Let kids pick their artwork for the show.
- Hand artwork by class, but not by grade.
- Mat artwork on black paper.
- Hang artwork with binder clips.
- Place grids around outside of gym, tables in the middle.
- E-mail for volunteers
- Ask families to take artwork when they leave for the evening.
Things to change for next year:
- Have students write names on smaller cards for clay.
- Have students write names on labels - stick to 2-D work.
- Buy table cloths for clay tables.
- Label clay by class like 2-D work.
- Take pictures during show.
- Post conversation starters around the area to encourage families to talk about projects.
If there are any other suggestions from parents/teachers out there - leave me a comment.