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Hi, I am an artist, wife, mom, gamer and the Elementary Art Educator at Donald Elementary, a sweet and wonderful school in Flower Mound, TX (outside of Dallas). This is a great place to see how we are integrating studio habits with technology and interdisciplinary connections. I also love to share my "wisdom" (Re: Experiences. From mistakes.) about teaching Elementary Art. I love what I do, and I've been doing it for a long time. Creating and teaching Art is what I live for. Enjoy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two Art Shows in One Week: Part II- The Return of the District Show

A long time ago in a gallery far, far away....

Well, sixteen years ago, in North Texas...

....our local artist community, The Visual Art League of Lewisville, and our district's Art Teachers teamed up to hold the very first LISD Student Art Exhibitions. The idea was to showcase amazing student art in a public gallery to promote and advocate the importance of Art Ed in our schools.

The first year, one elementary teacher and one high school teacher participated. The gallery was a tiny storefront on the main street. And about maybe 10 people came to the gallery. But one of those visitors was from the local newspaper, which gave the event nice coverage.


Fast forward to present day. Lewisville now has this jamming Grand Theater with a gorgeous art gallery, which they graciously allow us to use for 2 months.

The MCL Grand in Lewisville, Texas
MCL Grand art gallery
The art gallery, with VAL member work. Isn't it a pretty space?
This art show has grown into a HUGE DEAL. The High School Show is juried with cash prizes. Check out last year's here: LISD HS Art.

There is an awesome Middle School and now 2 huge separate Elementary shows, as there are so many of us (33?)!

Yes. It is a lot of work. But so is putting on a choir or band concert, a musical, a dance recital. This is our big game. The big show.

We make sure there is a "professional" element by mounting and labeling consistently. This is an Art Show, so these should look like finished masterpieces.

The beautiful smiles and delighted comments from the kids, their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc. make this all worth it!

Preparing the art, mounting and labeling

Spacing. This is the part I mess up every single time. I ALWAYS bring too much... 

...but it works, I jam it all in!

Handy dandy box of hanging supplies: Clear push pins, t-pins and a stapler

My school's reserved space at the gallery. To preserve the walls, we hang on the mounted foam core. It is not elegant, but it does not damage the walls as much. Remember, there are MANY of us using this space for 2 months.

The lay-out. We all try to pre- plan this. Some teachers even take the foam core to school and mount there.

The wonderful note my principal gave each of our school's participants ^.^

Donald wall! The art is up!

Opening Night Reception, about to open the doors. This is when we walk around and take pictures of EVERYONE ELSE'S work. This is how we share our lessons and ideas. It is exciting and refreshing. 

Here are some snapshots of the elementary schools around me. I love that we are so different, some teach TAB, some teach DBAE, some teach "whatever-hot mess" (me) but the kid's work is original and beautiful.

Get ready for some awesome pictures and ideas, from drawing to sculpture, and everything in between:

Chihuly inspired water bottle flowers

love love love all the visitors!


What i did. Takes you right back...here.

Ok, so it was at this point I starting talking to people, and if you know me at all, you know that I was distracted and talky so now the pictures are totally out of order and I am so sorry.

dig it!!!

What you can't see is the scarf on the right, woven on a table loom using a variety of weaves. Gorgeous. Wish I had taken a picture of it.

check out the crowd! 

Entire families come out for this- they make a night of it- and go to dinner or out for ice cream. Lots of pictures. Lots of smiles and hugs.  It is such a great night.

Seriously, how sweet is this???

This show is up at the gallery for 2 weeks, and then the other half of elementary will hang their show. 

This is a lot of work. But it is worth every second. 

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