Weeks of hard work + joy = great satisfaction and achievement. That is the perfect equation, exactly how my preschoolers felt when they finally saw their art, their hard work, their masterpieces, mounted and framed.
You would think after a gazillion years of teaching that I would know what was coming, know the wonderful art children would create. Nope. This year (and most every year) I was stunned.
When a child sees that artwork, mounted and framed, I ask the big question, “What would you like to name your masterpiece?” Every great work of art has a title. Asking a child to give a title to his/her work is empowering. They have learned about many artists and paintings. Those paintings have a name. And now their teacher is asking them to name their painting.
I can’t think of a better way to give a child support and encouragement on a much higher level. Instead of only praising their work, by simply asking them to name their painting I put them into the category of walking in the shoes of being a ‘master’. Children had already learned so much about works of art, therefore this direct question subtly implied their greatness. That implication is far more powerful than a teacher’s words of praise.
A feast for the eyes! The art will be on display at our local post office for the entire community to see for six weeks. We have a guest book hanging for people to sign. It will certainly be filled. Teachers, children, and families will visit the post office together this week to admire the Art Show.