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Running a Successful Elementary Art Show



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Introduction 1:02

The First Steps

How do You Want Your Show to Look? 3:48

Selecting the Best Time and Location 5:49

Saving, Collecting, and Organizing Work

Selecting Works for Display 6:59

How to Collect Work from Students 2:10

How to Stay Organized 1:37

Getting Work Ready for Display

Hanging and Displaying Work 2:23

Additional Ideas for Displays 2:25

Helping Your Students Write Artist Statements 2:31

Preparing for the Day of the Show

Utilizing Volunteers and Promoting Your Art Show 3:11

What to Expect the Day of the Show 5:03

Other Considerations and Ideas 2:26

Conversations and Critiques 2:01

Taking Down the Show 4:21

Ideas for Advocacy

Advocating For Your Program 4:02

Conclusion 0:51

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Running a Successful Elementary Art Show

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Discover the most efficient ways to collect, organize, and display student work

  • 2 Explore new ways to simplify your process, from the way you select work to how you utilize volunteers

  • 3 Learn how to use your art show to enhance student learning and advocate for your program

For many art teachers, the annual art show is one of the most important events of the year. It gives your students a chance to show off their hard work and gives you a chance to advocate for your program. But despite the benefits, putting on an art show can be a logistical nightmare. In this Learning Pack, you’ll learn how to put on a successful elementary art show without losing your mind. From collecting and organizing work to hanging the show and getting the word out, all the resources and ideas you need for an amazing show can be found right here!

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
6.6 Promotes art education access for all students
6.7 Exhibits students’ work for school and community interaction
6.8 Effectively communicates the importance of the arts
6.9 Promotes art education to students, families, and communities at large.

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Jennifer Borel

Jennifer Borel

AOE Graduate Instructor and Middle School Art Teacher

Jennifer Borel is a middle school art teacher for a large school district in Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Art Education and a minor in Art History from the University of Kansas. She also has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. When she’s not with her students she enjoys spending time with her husband John and her family. She loves photography, cooking, and travelling when she gets the chance.


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