Well it's that time of year again. I'm looking forward to our annual Art Show May 19. The colors on the walls, the oohs and ahhs from students families and friends, the big smiles on the students faces as they get those adoring comments, make all of the hard work worth the effort. I thought that it would be fun to just write a little about what goes into putting an art show together for my students. (approximately 500 of them) I teach Kindergarten thru 5th grade. I have 19 classes in all. Ok, now here is the fun math part. I put up 2-3 pieces per child in addition to one pottery piece and other items for the 5th grade art club that I run. That is roughly 2200 pieces of art work! Thanks to a couple of art teacher friends that I met up with last summer at "Art Scouts" in Ohio, I am trying a new way to hang art using a deer fence and gaffers tape. So far so good. That is, until mean old Mr. gravity and humidity take hold of everything. You can see what I walked in to see on a Monday morning to find in my hallway. With a little help from my friendly neighborhood custodian he and I were able to get it back up without too much trouble. It was definitely not the way that I wanted to start my Monday. I have used the deer fencing method to hang two full grades. I use paper clips which I love because they are sustainable. Yay! Gaffers tape is expensive and I have almost used 100' of deer fence and about 6 rolls of gaffers tape. If you are thinking about using this method make sure that you reinforce the larger areas of netting with a middle strip of tape. My other methods of hanging that I use are stapeling them to our removable walls in our cafeteria and good old masking tape on the other cinderblock walls. Every morning on my way out to bus duty I laughingly call it the art teachers plight as I go down pushing work back on the walls that have come lose during the night. I put in about 40 extra hours to put the show up. I stay after work late and even come in days off to get it together and even put my own children and husband to work helping me and anyone else who says "Let me know if you need any help."
It causes me sleepless nights and back aches from the ladder but it's a labor of love and I'll be ready to do it again next year.
I'll write more with photos after the whole show is up. Stay tuned!