We’re getting nearer to the end of the school year. Does your class of tons of art projects from the year stored away? Here’s some steps to begin showcasing your students’ art in a fun and encouraging way.
Displaying your students’ art is a great way for them to gain confidence in their abilities. It shows children that you value their work and hopefully, their peers do as well. The positive feedback and reinforcement can help students build their self-esteem, encourage them to engage and focus on their current and future art projects, and allow them to take more risks.
Steps to showcasing your students’ work
1. Creating portfolios
Teachers can begin helping students create portfolios from the first day of class. If your class hasn’t been choosing pieces for their portfolio, that’s ok. Have your students search through the artwork you have stored up for them. Any finished pieces that they wouldn’t like to showcase can go home with them. Any unfinished pieces that they would like to complete can stay. Their “favorite” creations should stay in their portfolios as well. If a student does not have a finished or favorite piece to exhibit in the show, make sure they complete one during your next class. Every student should have at least one piece of work to showcase.
2. Curating the art
You might find that your students have tons of amazing work. That’s great! If you’d like your students to join in on choosing their pieces, ask them to select five peices. Write the criteria on the board for the different pieces, such as pastel, oil, graphite, etc. If you would like to choose your own pieces for the exhibition, to try choose a variety of work that resonated with your students.
3. Including information about the art
Have your students create a title for each piece of work that will be displayed. They can also include a short paragraph describing the work, themselves and/or the technique they used to create the work. If you have any questions about how to create a art label, you can always visit your local museum or gallery, or visit any of their websites.
4. Displaying the art
Two important things to keep in mind when displaying art is not to damage the pieces nor the walls. Student work can be mounted onto to backing papers. You can then staple or pin the backing paper to a cork board or poster board without damaging the original art piece. If you are mounting images, try using mounting tape (on the backing papers) that doesn’t take the paint off of the walls. Any attendant at your local art or hobby shop should point you in the right direction once you describe the texture of the walls.
5. Managing digital exhibitions
If your school simply does not have the resources to put on an exhibition, your class can always create an exhibition online. For example, Creatubbles allows teachers to create a dedicated gallery for your students. You can have multiple galleries exhibiting different class’ work, running as long as you’d like. Simply send out an email invite with a link to the gallery to peers, students and parents so that they might access the exhibition at any time. Another benefit of showcasing digitally is that your audience grows from faculty, students and parents to millions of art lovers around the world!
Are you planning an end-of-the-year exhibition for your students? Feel free to create a digital version on Creatubbles.