Then: Back in 2012-13 the Art Club was stellar, we raised supplies for our first ever Presents For Paws drive, and we had mentors from the nearby high school's Art Club. Once a month the high school mentors would come visit our Art Club and bring a special project to work on as a group. This was a treasured and special time for all ages, even for the teachers/club sponsors, as you could see the kids learning and making connections with someone who wasn't their typical art teacher.
Now: This school year, 2013-14 also had a fabulous 5th Grade Art Club, the 2nd annual Presents For Paws drive was a booming success, and while our numbers were too big to have our high school mentors join us.. I had another idea. This year I decided to have a Fall 5th Grade Art Club and a Spring 4th Grade Art Club. Knowing that this would come as a brutal shock to my 5th graders, I gave them a chance to become a helper aka. Art Club All-Star with the 4th grade club.
To be in consideration for the All-Star position, each interested student had to write me a paragraph or two explaining why they were interested in the position and what skills they thought they would bring to the job. Y'all. I was blown away with all 15 of the letters that I received.. so blown away that I could not bear to just choose two All-Stars. The fifteen Art Club members who took the time to write their hearts out, became the founding members of my first ever Art Council. (FYI: For you logistical folks, Art Club meets from 7:30-8:15 every Wednesday AM and Art Council meets from 7:30-8:15 every Thursday AM.)
These Art Council students were/are my right hand and creative directors. We talked about art and how to make our school more colorful. We exchanged ideas, weighed options and methods of execution, I stated my expectations and they literally ran with that. There was never a project too large or too small when it came to making our school a more beautiful place. There is not enough space or enough photos to post to express how much they inspired/inspire me.
Future: We will see what next year holds as far as my Art Club. Depending on our school numbers, I would love to bring back the high school mentors. With that being said, I may also keep the Fall 5th Grade Art Club and Spring 4th Grade Art Club. And another Art Council, you may wonder? The founding members have a special place in my heart, so time will tell!