Gallery Hunt

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.


Art Show is a SUCCESS!

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…

Hellowwwwwwwwwecho,echo echo!


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.

The final 4th grade Mural

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.

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QR codes

Thank goodness for my son!  He has taught me more than I will ever use about the internet and sites that use the latest and greatest technology.  He showed me how to make a qr code so that my parents can scan it using their cell phones

and it will automatically take them to my Primary Colors are blog!


I found this article and it explains what  QR CODES are and has some helpful links to get you started.

What Is A QR Code And Why Do You Need One?

Oct 15, 2009 at 2:07pm ET by Marc Lyne

You first need to create a QR Code.  There are several sites that will generate it for you.  I used  Once you make the code and save it to your computer you just need to print it out and start using it.  You will also need an APP that reads barcodes, on your cell phone.

I have an all school art show coming up, and I plan on using this idea to promote the Gallery opening.  Our parents gather daily outside of the school to pick up their students and while they wait they socialize.   I plan on posting this outside so they can “figure” it out.  Yes most of my community use cell phones!  I hope to teach them something new too.

Maybe I will do  daily “give” aways?

Maybe I will use it to have parents sign up to bring refreshments to the Gallery Opening?

Oh,  a sticker for my truck!!!

Fridge magnets?


Add to the school newsletter?

Any other ideas on how I can use this?


Origami anyone?

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.

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I also found a site to help kids get more ideas of what a collection may look like at Collection  a Day

Van Gogh never looked so COOL!

Check out the “TILT-SHIFT” images of some of Van Gogh’s  Art!