What art pieces should you HOLD ON TO and what pieces should the kids HAVE to take home?
I know we all have endless amounts of art work being created and this is a huge question for me. Being pregnant has made me think of simplifying my classroom piles. This year I've been giving back almost all of the art work (with the exception of a few pieces for the district art show and one good project for the end of year show.) This has made my life so much more organized and peaceful!
These are textured pinch pots my bilingual 4th graders made after I was inspired by a blog post (was it yours?)
They came out so beautiful I really wanted to put them in the showcase to share.
But when I the kids saw them they had other plans. "I'm giving it to my mom for her birthday." "Are you going to let us take them home?" I just can't say no because I can imagine if it was mine. I would want to show my mom too instead of locking it up in a case for a few months. So now what am I going to show off in the case? Probably the group clay reliefs because no one is bringing them home anyways!
So my opinion on keeping art work? Grade it if necessary and give it to it's rightful owner. Kids move on quickly and in 6 months the art piece might not mean as much as it does to them today!
How much work do you save? Have you tried different ways of saving work and what works best?