Families were not daunted by the weather on the evening of January 25, 2018 as they came to see their children's creative efforts. Over the previous weeks the Morris Graves Museum educational specialist Virginia Wood had visited classes providing arts lessons. These were displayed in classrooms. NCAIP coordinator Sarah Peters worked with students on a poetry performance that was presented several times during the evening.NCAIP coordinators Heather Gaiera and Bill Funkhouser provided a community quilt project and photobooth. The photo below shows the standing-room only crowd enjoying a ukulele performance by Ms. Osuna's fourth grade class.
All three 4th grade classes at Hoopa Elementary will be studying ceramics in conjunction with Social Studies. Mr. Pinto, Mr. Paytas and Mr. Matilton's classes are learning how to make pinch pots and coil pots and how those vessels helped early civilizations.
Square Dancing is Back
Lyndsey Battle, local teaching artist, is integrating math concepts with square dancing in primary grades. She's touring schools in the North Coast Arts Integration Project for the next several months. Below, students at Lafayette Elementary School learn some new dances.
Ukuleles in the classrooms
The North Coast Arts Integration Project has provided a class set of ukuleles for 4th grade classrooms across the four elementary schools in Eureka City Schools. Music teacher David Demant teaches daily ukulele lessons for six weeks in each classroom. Students learn strumming, singing and instrument care with the ukulele as a cheerful accompaniment.
North Coast Arts Integration Project piloted the Sky Tree lessons in Mrs. Silvers 2nd grade class at Washington School. Students read the story Sky Tree which shows the same tree in different seasons and includes both science and art connections with the story. The children created their own tree painting with assistance from project coordinator Bill Funkhouser.
Students also choreographed their own "transpiration dance" with assistance from project coordinator Sarah Peters.
Students in grades 3-5 at the GATE Academy designed a rolled paper sculpture that both represented a concept and also met the engineering challenge of supported a softball. They presented their work to the class, describing their artistic choices and design process.
GATE Students from all over Humboldt County spent the day exploring and discovering various interesting lessons. NCAIP coordinator Bill Funkhouser shared his love of math and art with two projects. The Decimal Circle Project and Loop De Loops from Anna Weltman's book "This Is Not A Math Book".
The Study of Cities in ELD
Alice Birney students are studying cities and building their vocabulary in ELD class. They created magical cities with oil pastels and described them both orally and in writing.
Ms. Hays provides feedback to her students in their art techniques.
First grade cities.