Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sending Home Student Work

Well, the end of the year is here and I am left with lots of artwork that needs to be sent home. Here are some of my tips for getting odd sizes and shapes home safely.

The dilemma: a pile of very large art work, too large for students to put in their book bags or carry home without destroying.

The solution: Gather your tools- tape, pen, and paper strips. This is a great way to use up all those scraps that you get when you cut paper for projects.

Roll the project like a poster...

and wrap two paper strips around it at, one at each end, taping it . Write the student's name on the strips. Paper strips are more friendly to the art- rubber bands tend to rip the projects.

Load them in a bag marked clearly with the class code. Deliver them to the homeroom teachers to hand back. Hope and pray they make it home in one piece and that no students use them as weapons on the bus.

The dilemma: messy chalk drawings that will surely smear if sent home the way they are.
The solution: make a folder from large paper, stick the art work inside, and tape shut.
Remind students NOT to open it until they get home. Hope and pray they make it home without getting folded, being smashed, or dropped in a mud puddle.

The dilemma: Lots of gorgeous, but breakable clay projects
The solution: Send a letter home to parents (preferable before Thanksgiving) asking them to send in their used gift bags and tissue paper. In return for a bag full, the students get a ticket for a freezer pop, which they redeem at lunch. Kids will do just about any job for a freezer pop!

I fill the bottom of each bag with packing peanuts (saved through the year from supply orders) wrap the precious clay projects in tissue, and place them in the bag, which has been labeled (a piece of masking tape) with the student's name and class code.

Remind students that the clay projects are to be treated like baby birds- they are very fragile. Hope and pray they are not in a zillion pieces when they get home, prompting a very sad student and an equally disappointed parent.

I have a few more tips, which I will add soon.

Do you have any tips to share for getting artwork home safely? Please share!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Signs of Spring

This is a quick, end of the year project that can be done with any age group. Simply draw some boxes on the paper and fill with pictures of things that remind you of spring. Then, color using marker or crayon. If you want to make it more challenging, the students can practice using a ruler and measure out the boxes. There are so many possibilities!