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by TeacherLem Iglesias

The perfect culmination to an art-filled school year is, of course, an art show. We had our opening in May of this year, after putting long hours to prepare everything. It showcased art works from all levels from Nursery to Primary, to Secondary Level. You can just see how proud the kids are of their work, especially when their parents come to view them; they always make sure to have their photos taken right beside their art work. And much like their parents, we’re so proud of these young artists. What a happy way to end the school year 🙂

SPECS

Project Title: SCHOOL ART EXHIBIT

Art Works Created by: Primary 3-4-5-6 and Year 8-9

Age: 8-15 years old

Venue: School Gym / Multi-Purpose Hall

The exhibit area during our preparation.

The exhibit area during our preparation.

STEPS TO TAKE

AREA

A Year-End Art Show needs a whole year to prepare, using a planned time frame. If you have clear outline on what to do and when, everything will fall in the right place with less concerns towards the scheduled opening. The teacher, as curator, should consider the following basic questions:

  1. What is the floor size of the exhibit area?— The size of the exhibit area will define how extensive or limited you can go with the exhibit. Small areas would leave you with with lesser art pieces to show while large spaces means you can include more participants.
  2. How many artworks can conveniently fit in the area? — As guests will be walking around the venue to view the display, there should be enough comfortable space to fully enjoy looking at the art works. The arrangement of the art pieces should not look cramped and it should not look to “thin” as well with too few displays. The flow of human traffic should be convenient for everyone to walk, talk and interact.

ART WORKS

Once these questions above are solved, it’s time to pick which art works to include. In the end this is an important decision to be made by the teacher. For us personally, if it’s possible, it should always be Everybody — all students should be included in the year-end art show. I have seen this indescribable happiness in the eyes of a child whenever one of their artworks are displayed; it warms your heart. For a lot of students, they never get their work to be displayed. This is the final opportunity for an art teacher to make things right. For the Primary (or even Secondary) Level,  it’s not a matter of whether the child’s work is a “masterpiece” showcasing perfection– It should always be about children creating art, enjoying what they do and being proud of the results. This is the only way they will love and appreciate art as they grow up.

With this idea in mind, there are two ways to approach this–

  1. Towards the end of the school year, ask all your students to look at their art file and choose which one of their finished artworks they would want to be displayed or …
  1. The teacher chooses one particular art activity and everyone’s work from this activity will be displayed.

ARRANGEMENT

Presenting the artworks is also very important. The exhibit should not look like an explosion of different concepts, styles and ideas. There should be a particular order to how the artworks are displayed. The following should be addressed:

  1. How will the artworks be presented for viewing?— There is no particular rule in displaying artworks, and if there is, it doesn’t mean it’s etched in stone. One thing’s for sure, frames are always a good idea. Since plenty of children’s art seems to look different from each other, it needs a unifying factor. Framing artworks help the pieces look “finished and ready” and unifies the display with some commonality. Frames also help the viewer focus more on the artwork. In the context of this exhibit, we taught our young students to frame their drawings and paintings by placing large black card boards behind their art piece and stapling them together. For sculptured pieces, we arranged them on black display boxes of different sizes.
  1. How will the art works be arranged? — There’s plenty to choose from on how:
  • By size- small art pieces together or large art pieces together?
  • By style- art works inspired by Pop Art together;  inspired by Impressionism together?
  • By material- all water color art works together; all charcoal drawings together?
  • By level-  all Primary 3 art pieces together; all Year 8 art projects together?

In the end, it’s the Art Teacher’s call on how everything would end up looking on opening day. Hold on to your staple guns and double-sided tapes and don’t worry.  You can always change things up depending on how your preparation is going. Good luck 🙂

SAMPLES FROM THE SHOW

So, here it is. We present SISB’s 2015 Art Show. Details are in the captions and procedures on how to do each project is posted separately in our website >> CLICK HERE.

Primary 3 Display showing Ceramic Masks and Tiles.

Primary 3 Display showing Ceramic Masks and Tiles.

Another Primary 3 Display, this time showcasing African Masks and Robot Cutout Designs.

Another Primary 3 Display, this time showcasing African Masks and Robot Cutout Designs.

Primary 4 Display showing

Primary 4 Display showing “Snowy Sunset”-book illustrations and Animal Frieze Cutouts.

Primary 5 Display showcasing Paper Cup Designs.

Primary 5 Display showcasing Paper Cup Designs.

Primary 6 Display showing Cubism and Pop Art-inspired art pieces.

Primary 6 Display showing Cubism and Pop Art-inspired art pieces.

More Primary 6 Display, this time with their Lino Cut Prints and Pop Art Portraits.

More Primary 6 Displays, this time with their Lino Cut Prints and Pop Art Portraits.

Year 8's Still Life Paintings.

Year 8’s Still Life Paintings in Acrylic and Water Colour.

More Year 8 Art Works. This one shows drawings in charcoal and Van Gogh-inspired paintings.

More Year 8 Art Works. This one shows drawings in charcoal and Van Gogh-inspired paintings.

Year 9's very popular

Year 9’s very popular “Superhero Designs”. All of these are original costumes created by students.

Year 9's Papier Mache Sculptures inspired by Alberto Giacometti's

Year 9’s Papier Mache Sculptures inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man II”.

More Art Exhibit Photos on our School’s Facebook Page>> Click THIS LINK

SEE YOU NEXT TIME

I hope you’ll be inspired to organize an Art Show after reading this.

I always believe that all artists crave to show their work more than they admit– just keep that in mind 🙂

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CREDITS

Thank you, Teachers — especially Katherine, Michael and Teresita who, like us, spent a lot of time making sure the event is a success.

Thank you, Students — especially Min and In-in (from Year 9) and Huang and Renee (from Year 8) who demonstrated  their drawing and painting skills in our special activity booths during the opening.

Thank you, SISB — especially Mr. Kelvin Koh, HOS Susan, Principal Cecilia, Principal Victor, Khun Judith and Khun Wilawan who graced our opening day as our special guests.

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4 thoughts on “Do-It-Yourself School Art Exhibit

    • Hi, Raine. The ‘walls’ (for 2D work) are custom-made ply-boards, painted white and attached with hinges. The boxes (for 3D pieces) are also ply-boards nailed together into a box and painted black. The steel shelves (for paper cups) was borrowed from the PE Department, they’re actually for students’ bags and stuff 🙂

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