April 3, 2019

How to Set Up an After School Art Program

As art educators, we all stay extremely busy; writing lesson plans, prepping and organizing, teaching, mentoring, exhibiting student work, advocating for art education and then waking up to do it all over again. And I don’t know many art educators who don’t love every bit of this wonderful, busy lifestyle. Several years ago, after my own children moved off to college, I started to question whether I could keep this excitement going and considered how to take my passion for teaching kids through the visual arts into an after-school experience. Here are 6 ways you can turn this dream into a reality. 1. Determine the need. It’s imperative to do your homework before embarking on this adventure. As a first step, ask your community if there is a need for after-school art classes. Often, although the arts are valued, students are spending far less time in art class than people […]
April 4, 2019

The Most Fun Way to Keep Visitors Engaged at Your Art Show

Art show season is one of the best (and busiest) times of the year. Art shows are all about showing your district, community, and families the amazing artwork your artists have created all year. You’ve spent hours meticulously collecting, mounting, and hanging hundreds of pieces of student art. It’s time to shine. When the art show comes around, you see a student and their family walk in the door, make a beeline for their artwork, snap a pic, and promptly cruise back out. Does this experience sound familiar? It can be pretty frustrating. So, how can you make someone stop and look at the artwork? And maybe not just their artwork, but all of the artwork your students have worked so hard on? An art show scavenger hunt is the perfect trick to encourage your artists and families to appreciate and interact with every art exhibit. It can be especially […]