As I was sorting through my large art reproduction prints to find a poster for the next artist on my Mystery Artist Board, I tried to remember the last time I pulled out a print for a specific lesson. Usually when showing an art reproduction, I just show a digital version using my projector and screen.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my posters and large prints, especially my Crystal Productions posters like, Art Styles, Art Careers, Color Vocabulary, and Elements and Principles, which I reference almost every day. I have a lot of these kinds of posters hanging up so that if the students’ eyes wander, they’re finding things that are informational, interesting, and engaging. In fact, I have so many of these kinds of posters that I almost don’t have room for anything else!
But, what about those reproductions? I do have a few hanging up, and while writing this article, it occurred to me to hang the large reproduction pieces with the student work that was inspired by them in the hallway. I have also begun the task of alphabetizing my posters and making a catalog of exactly what images I have so that I’m more likely to pull them out for lessons.
So I’m wondering, in this technological day and age, what is happening to all those reproductions in your art room? Are they just gathering dust? Are a few lucky ones being used? Are some so irrelevant they haven’t seen the light of day in years? It would be a shame to let them become extinct!
How do you show artwork to your students in your room? With hard copy reproductions? Digitally?
Is one way better than the other? Sound off in the comments below!