Van Gogh – Larger Than Life
Have you ever seen something and thought “Why didn’t I think of that?” Well, this is exactly what I thought when I got a catalog from Teacher’s Discovery in the mail awhile back. Although Teacher’s Discovery s a company for all types of educators, the catalog they sent featured their Traveling Exhibits.
The Traveling Exhibit Concept:
One artist’s work is enlarged on huge silk screens with a description of the artist and his/her work. These screens are basically traveling exhibits that go from school to school. You can rent them for a week or more for display in your school. When I saw this in the catalog, I knew at some point I would have to try it and see what it is all about.
Each year my school’s P.T.O. (Parent Teacher Organization) gives some money for fine arts enrichment. Last year I brought in a guest artist. This year, I wanted to try something different and a light clicked on in my brain- I remembered back to getting that catalog with the Teacher’s Discovery Traveling exhibits. The money was then set aside for two exhibits, one in the fall and one in the spring.
For the fall, I chose Van Gogh. I wanted to choose a very recognizable artist and one that many of my students study throughout the course of their years in elementary art. I emailed the company and the reservation was very quick and easy. I have so say, this company is wonderful. Every aspect of the ordering, delivery and installation of these exhibits was user-friendly, simple and easy. The best part? Cost. I think the prices are very reasonable starting at $179 for a week’s rental. My guest artist charged much much more than this to come!
Another great thing about the exhibits? The resources!
On their webpage for free you can download promotional materials, press releases, posters and resources to you feel well equipped to talk about and promote your exhibit when it comes.
Speaking of resources, stay tuned. This week I plan to share more photos from the exhibit at my school, the activities I did in conjunction with my exhibit, tips for facilitating conversations with students about art, as well as a very special GIVEAWAY for all of you from Teacher’s Discovery! It’s an exciting week here on AOE!