One thing that is on my mind this evening is how tough it is to get all of the artwork taken down, sorted and sent home with the students. One thing that I do that helps me is...well, I let my students do it all. No, really!
Today my 6th graders and I went all around campus 'de-arting' the walls. We took everything down, carefully took the tape or staples off, placed in our travelling boxes and kept moving. Then, my AMAZING 7th graders took on the task of sorting all of the work. Now, I teach about 230 students, and some classes had over 10 projects still on-site...so that is a ton of work. I set up a table for each class period, left a roster out in case they needed to see certain names, divided the group up so that they each had a grade level they were responsible for and...just watched them tackle the challenge. One class period...all the work sorted. Well, except for one box of odds and ends...but I'll take that any day over doing all of this by myself! Next step...my 5th graders came in and boxed everything up.
On Wednesday and Thursday students will sit one person to a cafeteria table in each class and designated students will pass out the work. This is the third year that Whole Foods has been kind enough to donate paper bags so the students have a way to carry the work home. I love these bags...they are sturdy, the handles can go on a bike or are easy to carry for my walkers, and the kids can sign them with markers. The 2D and 3D works make it home safely. I can't say enough good things about these bags.
Another end of the year tradition...studio clean up! I create lists of things that need to be done in the classroom...from cleaning and sorting paintbrushes, to sharpening colored pencils, peeling crayons, testing markers...everything needed to keep the art going! This is also a great way to see what I need to order, which is something I will be working on this week.
Back to taking the artwork down...everyone, students, staff...they all commented on how bare and sad the walls are now. I must say- I agree! See for yourself! Check out the panaramic view below. Scroll down and compare it to my previous post on art displays...holy moly! What a difference ART makes!!! (Note: The checkered area is set up for Action Painting...more on that later!)