Saturday, February 26, 2011

Youth Art Month

These are the two student works that I selected to be displayed in the YAM exhibit, one from each school. 

 My YAM bulletin board at school.  I may have gone a little overboard but the students think it looks cool!  It has photos of student work, the winning entry from my YAM contest, and some advocacy materials.

I had fun blowing paint around!

My YAM Writing Contest Winner

I made cards with student artwork on them to send to my principals, the other art teachers, the superintendent, the board of education members, and pretty much everybody at the district office.  The inside says "Happy Youth Art Month!  Thank you for supporting Art Education.  Please enjoy the artwork by _________.  Sincerely, Katie Morris and Pauline Central and South students."  I also put in a lesson description to show them what we teach, that it's more than making something "pretty."  Here are some of the cards:

 The Kansas YAM Exhibit was today.  We had a great turnout!  Lots of students and families showed up, even a state senator talked about the importance of Art Education.  You may or may not have heard that we are in danger of losing the Kansas Arts Commission... hoping that doesn't happen!

Sargent Art partnered with us this year and one student, a parent, and her Art teacher won a trip to New York!

It's a Mr.YAM head, get it?


  1. Those cards are a really great idea for promoting your program. They look very professional. How did you make them?

  2. I really like the card idea! I will have to do that next year.

  3. Thanks! To make the cards, I made small photo prints of student work and ordered from Snapfish. I just mounted the photos on bright copy paper that I cut down and glued to blank greeting cards I bought at Hobby Lobby. I thought about just folding cardstock but then I wouldn't have had envelopes. I think it was about $7 for a pack of 50 cards and envelopes. It was worth it to me to remind them what we do! I thought about mounting the description and message on the inside but I decided to just glue the plain paper on the inside.

  4. Hey, Katie.....I linked to this post. Love the YAM bulletin board! jan

  5. I love your YAM Board! Very colorful and fun :) While getting your point across. Great Advocacy.

  6. Hello! Just curious about the background for your bulletin board-- is that some sort of orange paper with a design on it or did you actually paint the bulletin board? Or is it something else? Love the whole thing!

  7. I'm really awful at tearing butcher paper and I had house paint left from a mural project so I painted the background directly on the bulletin board.