Our high school art show is held at the end of every May to showcase all student artwork that has been created throughout the school year. My other teacher friend teaches Ceramics and she includes her students sculptures & vessels. Students of all abilities and styles are represented in our show. I think it is extra important that students with special needs and students who are learning English feel included in the show.
We only do our art show during the school day hours 1-8 and it feels like every student visits the show at some point!
We have a People's choice vote where students get to vote for their top 3 favorite artworks. They put their votes in a bucket and my teacher friend and I count up the votes to see who wins. Every year I put together prize baskets (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for the art show winners. 4th, 5th, and 6th places get honorable mention ribbons. Each basket has art supplies like a sketchbook, Micron pens, Faber Castell colored pencils, etc. The 1st prize winner gets a gift card to Hobby Lobby. The kids get so into this!
Even though this time of year is crazy busy, showing off my students hard work is so worth it! The kids exhibiting show such pride in their work and their friends are left in awe! I look forward to seeing what my future students make next year!
Keep scrolling to see examples from this year's art show . . .
Music box piece called "Dreamwalker". For medium, this artist listed "Magic". That's just the type of student she is! This piece is really a cardboard box decorated with Sculpey legs/feet and a music box mechanism inside. She punched her own music box papers to insert and the paper comes out the back. SUPER cool and just about every kid wanted to hear this work sing!
I used disposable black tablecloths on the tables and reused old wire/thread spools as pedestals for the 3-D work. The image above shows how I hung up the larger artworks using scrap mat boards and clothespins. Students were asked to fill out an "Art Sandwich" about the artwork created by the student to their left. We talked about writing respectful comments and using professional language. Since this was our last day, I brought snacks and pop for the kids to munch on while they looked at each other's work. Overall, I think it was a great success and such a great opportunity for students to experience an "art show". We had a few minutes of spare time, so I showed them this "Latte Art" video. Kids had a lot of fun trying to figure out how it's done.
I am a 7th year high school art teacher in Rochester, MN. I have taught middle school for 2 years and high school for almost 5 years. I truly enjoy working with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching real-world skills such as problem solving, using technology, and the power of teamwork and collaboration. My joy is sharing my passion for art with others!
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