Put a label on it!

After weeks of fun, at home art activities, you likely have enough work to start your own gallery! Why not do just that? An important component of any museum or gallery is the label. Labels help visitors view and appreciate the artworks on display. This is a great way to encourage your students to talk about their artwork and identify their medium, message, and motivation!

Before you create your labels, discuss the artwork. This will help you create content for the brief description. Ask your student(s) to answer the following questions about their work. (For a fun twist, have students write about each other’s work rather than their own.)

  1. Look at your art and describe what you see.
  2. Describe how the art was made. What medium or materials were used to create it?
  3. Describe the art: How does it look? How big/small is it?
  4. What does this artwork tell us about the person who made it?
  5. How does this artwork make you feel?
  6. What do you know about the artist? (If it’s you, that’s an easy question to answer!) Why or how was this work created?
  7. What is the title of the piece? What does the title make you think of? Is it appropriate for the work? (Does it fit the artwork?)

If you are answering those questions for other artists’ work, you can discuss your answers with them and determine if there is anything else they might want “the public” to know about their work.

A good label gives accurate information about the artwork (title, artist, date created, medium) but can also tell us a little bit about the artist and their process and or/ motivation to create. That additional information helps us understand, appreciate, and enjoy the work even more. Now, let’s make a label!

How to Create a Label

Your label should include:

  1. Artist’s name
  2. Nationality, birth year (Optional. You can also list birth year after the artist’s name.)
  3. Title of the artwork (in bold or italic), year created
  4. Medium used to create (ex: crayon on paper)
  5. Brief description (This is where you can include any information about the artist, why they created the piece, how they created the piece, etc.)

You can type this out on a computer or hand write it.

Your labels can be serious, silly, or even fake. Your gallery. Your rules! You can also glue them to cardboard or cardstock to make them a little sturdier. Then hang them next to the artwork!

Want to take this project further? Ask your student to pretend to be a museum docent and give a guided tour of your new gallery. Or you could record a gallery talk, in which your artist explains the process of how they created their masterpiece and why!

And, if you enjoyed Foteyet Changing, check (photo at the top) out our lesson plan inspired by the work here: https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/lesson_plan/repetition-and-patterns/

Are you following us on social media? If not, you should be! Share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram. We LOVE to see your creations!

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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