Celebrating Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month Collaborative Display

This year, the youth art month celebration that I usually participate in was moved from Worcester to Boston.  It also became a state wide exhibit, instead of just central Massachusetts.

Inspired by this change, I decided to brainstorm some ways to celebrate at school.  I didn’t want to take on a school wide show, this year though, so I had to figure out small ways to celebrate at school.

I decided to have each of my almost 500 students finish the sentence ‘Art is important to me because….” on either a blue or yellow piece of paper.  These pieces were put together on the bulletin board to spell ‘Celebrate YAM’.

Check out the bulletin board below, and the details of some of the things they wrote.  I was so impressed with the thoughtful ideas they came up with.

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Managing Clean Up: New signs by the sink area


I made a version of these signs a few years ago, but I didn’t really think about my ELL students.  They were a bit hard to read with a drop shadow.  As I was going through my documents before uploading them to Google Drive (YAY cloud storage), I started clearing some things out.  I noticed I had drafts of these signs, so I finalized them, and printed them out.  Instead of waiting for the laminator to warm up, I just threw them in some plastic sleeves and taped them up.  I’m hoping this will help with the ‘accidental spraying’ that’s been happening a lot this year in the art room.  My sink area isn’t in the same space that my workspace is, so when students are cleaning up, I’m not with them.  Hence the need for reminders.

SO, I figured I’d share them here on the blog.  Why make someone else do the work again?!  Just click on the image to download the pdf’s.

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