So what do I do when the end of the year rolls around in art class?
1) I don't return the last project of the year. Why? Well, I do Original Works at the beginning of the year, as well as, procedures, rules, and sketchbooks. That means the hallways look pretty bare with no artwork to hang up. Solution: Keep a project from the previous year and put them up right before school.
2) Have the older classes prep the room for the summer. My art room could use a serious face lift by the end of the year. So I make a checklist of things that need to be done and have the older classes complete them. For example: throw out the marker that aren't juicy anymore, sharpen all colored pencils, scrub the table tubs, peel the broken crayons..etc. Saves so much time for the art teacher!
3) STAR parties. My classes work towards earning a star for every class they attend. They get a star for having great behavior in class. Once they earn 10 stars (usually happens at the end of each semester) they get to watch a movie and play a review game. The movie is usually a Wallace and Gromit movie which last about 30 minutes and the review game lasts the other 30 minutes. Great fun for all!