I brought in Artome' to put on an art show at one of my buildings this year. Frankly, I was very skeptic about having an art show at all. I was certain that no one would show up and I would devote a tremendous amount of my time to an event that would be an embarrassment. We've all been there, send out the announcements, invites, etc and only a handful of people show up. The response was always, they would have come if you put out snacks. Really, that keeps the people from administration from showing up? For years, my principal didn't even bother to show. I think that was the hardest blow. I really felt a general lack of appreciation for anything I was doing.
So, when my "new" principal put the idea of an art show out there I was more than reluctant. I kept hoping the idea would dissipate in the hectic ebb and tide of the school year. Maybe she wouldn't notice if I conveniently "forgot". I began to see postings on Art Teacher-ing pages about Artome' and everyone appeared to truly be pleased with their outcomes. The idea of now having to mat each and every piece of work and frantically hang them with high hopes they wouldn't fall off of the walls was very appealing so I decided to dig a little bit deeper and look into the possibility. After all, it could be a win/win. My principal okay-ed the idea and the parent's group agreed to take on the money making venture. I signed on and the process began.
Let me say, it was not as easy as I thought. I easily spent between 20 - 24 weekend hours over the span of three weeks preparing all the artwork, labeling, checking for correct spelling and categorizing the way I wanted the work to be exhibited. It was not a complete win/win...I had to put some work in. But, the day of the show was fabulous. The crew of two young men came in and quickly set up the show, filled me in on information I might need and defined their roll for the evening. I walked down the aisles making certain all the art was hanging correctly and that I hadn't grouped too many like pieces together. It looked pretty good and I was nervous but ready. I still feared we'd be a wash out with few attendees. Boy was I incorrect!! It was way beyond my wildest expectations and the parent/teacher organization made some money as well. Best of all was the attendance by a school council member. I'd say this was a BIG WIN/WIN for the art department and I own some of that myself. Feeling great about Artome'!!
|The 5th grade chorus provided|
entertainment toward the end of the
|The Orchestra provided a wonderful |
backdrop to the show.
|Buttons to identify student volunteers|
|Gallery information about the show|
|Welcome to our Art Show|
|Before the crowds arrived|