Besides our IB art show which I organized alongside with our fabulous IB DP students, we also organize a MS/HS art show in May.
See more about our MS/HS art show from my post on my SIS art blog
During the Art show, I always like to include an ‘ audience participation’ section. This year, inspired by the sticky note art galleries popping up around the world, we decided to create our own! Visitors to the MS/HS art show could illustrate their own sticky note. This was organized (and supervised during the show) by my grade 9 class. We got some really great submissions!
I think contests are great way to get the whole school involved in Art – and if you have been reading through my blog – you will notice I’ve been doing these since my first post at Barrie Central. At each school, they evolve and turn down different avenues – but the basic intent is the same: to mimic real life experiences and get students involved and interested in seeking out opportunities to submit their work and get it out there. I am firm believe in luck and motivation – and based on who is successful in the art world and who is not – skill and creativity are not the only two factors.
In any of contests, there are so many ways to get involved – submitting artworks, voting on artworks and viewing the artworks – so everyone can choose their level of inclusivity. It also creates great conversations and motivates students to step outside of their comfort zones.