A student art project is any effort that produces art created by student highlighting the joys and benefits of active trips to school.
Student art projects can produce meaningful images to communicate messages and themes relating to transportation. Whether the focus is traffic safety or the joy of cycling, student art can reinforce goals and messages of broader initiatives, or spark conversations to get things moving. Even as more and more communication happens online, the impact of a child’s drawing has few peers when it comes to catching the eye of parents – particularly their own. Art and creative expression are an important part of elementary education. Engaging students in promoting your school community’s positive values is a great way of getting them involved and can help foster a school’s culture of active transportation.
A student art project can be something one or more divisions take part in as a classroom activity, or an open call to which students of all ages are invited to participate in.
Teachers can run student art projects as classroom activities. An introductory discussion, lesson, workshop or presentation can be used to introduce ideas and themes around which students create. To hold an open event in which students of all ages are invited to participate, engage your administration in the idea to work out the logistics. Again, an introductory activity or presentation can introduce ideas and themes around which students can create. Use assemblies, morning announcements and/or newsletters home to issue a call for submissions. Choose a deadline and determine where students can submit their work. Create a submission form for students to provide their name, grade/division and teacher name if you want to be able to follow up with them later. Student artwork can be employed and displayed in a number of ways:
- Create a slideshow incorporating all of the images that can be shown in an assembly or formatted as a video;
- Display student are on your school’s website;
- Create "Think of Me" notices to hand out to drivers in the school zone;
- Make a collage and display it prominently at your school;
- Choose the best submissions to reproduce as posters or incorporate into signs or informational material.
Student artwork is an invaluable promotional tool that can help raise awareness and generate interest and excitement among parents and peers. Schedule your art project so that you can display students' work in the fall or spring, when walking and cycling rates are high, or to kick off your school's Walk and Wheel event.