Tackling a massive art project without a plan might sound insane. Especially when you have a child, a day-job and house chores to deal with. But working without a plan doesn't mean working without any rules.
There is no time for lengthy introductions during those busy first weeks of school. Other parents like smooth interactions. They want to make sure you seem realtively sane and, possibly, that you will volunteer at school and attend P.T.A. meetings.