Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Art Show Week

"The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have." Dag Hammarskjold.
Here I go again. If I can just get through this week... morning hall duty with 8th graders, after school detention center with high school students who got detentions in the art room, dentist, taxes, and the biggest one of all, preparing and setting up for our K-12 art show here at Denver.
All year long I've saved artwork from the 6th-12th grade students I teach and now the time has come to hang, pin, display it all in our multipurpose room for public viewing on Thursday, April 2nd from 6-8 pm. It's a lot of work for a two hour show. The elementary art teacher has been busy taping and pinning up work throughout the elementary on the hallway walls. Our walls don't work or are too narrow to tape things up on in advance and have them stay untouched, so we wait for the last minute on Thursday to hang most of the work. We don't get into the gym to start hanging the work until 1:30 in the afternoon (after the janitors clean up from lunch). I do pin things to display boards and bulletin boards in advance that we can haul down, but we hang wires from the volleyball poles and clothespin three layers of work dividing the gym in two, one side for middle school work and one for high school work. My afternoon classes help of course, but it is rushed chaos. I've got judges coming after school at 3:15 to pick "special mention" pieces to award ribbons to. A student will be playing piano during the viewing and instrumental and vocal groups will be performing as well. I just hope we have people there to view the students work and appreciate their talents! It will come and go fast but I'm anxious for the weekend and this week will be history!
Student artwork on this post: Top: Rachael's first acrylic painting. Center: Horses created by using a stamp pad and various ink stamps by Rachel. Bottom: Blake's paper cut out portrait.

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