Once the art show is up and the opening is over I create a “treasure hunt” using the gallery. On opening night it is all about the individual artist. So the kids show off their work, their friends work and they leave. I create the Gallery Hunt to give students a chance to see more. I do this with my 4th -6th graders, although next year I will do it differently with my 6th graders. They (one class) took the fun out of it for the others!
I take a photo of some of my favorites and then crop down to a smaller portion. This challenges them to use their observation skills.
ZOOOM IN and you get this
I f you selected image # 3 you are correct and now you are ready to play the game!
Here are the rules
Groups of 2-3 must stay together, no dividing and conquering!
There is no touching the art, no running in the gallery, and no loud voices. The same gallery etiquette we would use at the Denver Art Museum.
The first group to complete the quest with the most correct answers wins! If I see a rule being broken the group must sit in the “Penalty box” for 2 minutes.
I have 25 galleries and there is a piece in every gallery. It takes about 10 minutes for the first AHHHH HAA and they are off!
Of course they must also look out for those “spies”! You know, those kids that hang in the background and wait for another group to point out the piece, then they swooooop in to check it out and go to the next one.
The gallery hunt takes about two 45 minute class periods.
What a great evening! I love meeting parents of those young artists!
At the beginning of each year students make artist portfolios where they store all their completed works. This way, they have a body of work to first and foremost see how they have improved, and secondly, so they may select their favorite piece for our all school show. They usually don’t pick the piece I would pick, but this is why the show is a success.
They picked THEIR favorite! So they are very excited to share it with the world!
I started “matting” and labeling the art 2 weeks ago, and started hanging the show last Monday. I completed hanging the over 525 piece show hmmmmmm……yesterday! The show opened …hmmmmm…yesterday at 5pm.
To make a visual impact on our staff and those parents that frequent the building I remove EVERYTHING from the walls the week prior to hanging. This way it looks empty and cold…
And as if by Magic!
I mix up the art, so that the kids need to look at it all! They make invitations that tell their parents what piece is in the show and which Gallery it is in.
( I have 25)
We have refreshments that are donated by our parent community and served by our Student Council members and invited docents. We ate over 50 dozen cookies this year and drank about 40 gallons of lemonade. THANK YOU TO ALL MY PARENTS!
During the opening our 4th graders had a handbell performance. I love seeing what my team does with kids. After watching the kids in Mrs. Zyla’s class I have a much better understanding of why I teach ART and not music. Click on the link to hear our 4th graders play Twinkle Twinkle
I will be adding photos of some of the art kids created this year later this week.
Finally Mrs. Rogers 4th graders are glazing their mural that represents the Colorado Gold Rush. Students selected the images that they thought best represented our Colorado history. One more day of glazing, fire it, put it together, grout it the add the final touches.
This is such a great website to teach origami. Actually it teaches without my help! I use this for a sub day lesson. The site has both printable sheets of directions and an animation that demonstrates the process. It also has a wide variety of skill levels available.
I can even make some of these! 🙂
I have the best parents! While on a job, one of our parents came across several showcases that were going to be thrown out! So he thought of us at school. I don’t have a load of 3D during the year, however I fill them up for our annual Fairmount Art Show. I did not want the cases to be left empty so we started displaying the student’s collections. They have to do a bit of writing before they bring in their collections. They write about how long they have been collecting, how they got started and which piece is their favorite and why. We have had teddy bears, hockey pucks, baseball and football cards, silly bands, Transformers, snow globes, books and Hello Kitty items, and of course ROCKS!
It has been a great way to learn more about my students. Teachers are even signing up to bring in their collections!
Here are a few.
I also found a site to help kids get more ideas of what a collection may look like at Collection a Day