Grant Elementary students are participating in a permanent art project for our garden through the North Coast Arts Integration Project. Thank you to Ngan Ho, Sarah Peters, and Harmony Pelren for coordinating this project. Ngan Ho is leading students through the first step of making the 10X10 mosaic tiles. Students are working in groups of 4 to glue small pieces of sea glass, colored tile, and bottle caps onto mesh backing. Ngan will then transfer the mesh onto a wood backing, grout the spaces, and then bring the finished mosaics back to be applied to the garden beds. Students and their teachers have enjoyed the process and found it very therapeutic! Special thanks to Claire Sund for volunteering her time to Grant students!
Morris teacher Heidi Conzelmann had her students collaborate, envision, and make connections between sculptures and verb/adverb pairings. She remarked, "The creativity and joy were incredible. They problem solved, asked each other for ideas, and scoured the room for what they wanted/needed. We displayed our finished work in the for others to see.
Ms. Cappiello, 6/7th grade teacher at Fieldbrook School had her students use art postcards to practice ELA standards such as compare & contrast writing and describe themes. She also had students create sculptures that represented a verb/adverb pairing. "I noticed how excited and engrossed with the lesson they were.", said Cappiello.
Fourth grade teacher Sarah Drisko has brought poet Dan Levinson to do a week-long residency with her class for four years.
She wrote about his visit this year:
"Mr. Levinson is a seasoned poet and poetry teacher, and the great thing is that he has everybody writing poetry...and they're pretty impressed with what they are able to do! Here's an example of a shy, quiet student's poem, written on the second day of our work with Mr. Levinson:
Yes I am brown.
No, I don't get judged.
But I know people who do but I still love the color I am.
I even wish I was darker than brown when I hear my friends get judged by their color.
I wish they didn't care, for I wished everybody loved their color.
For I love the color I am.
As her teacher, I didn't have any idea that she was noticing such things and that she had formed such intense thoughts about them. My observation: poetry helps us all to express strong emotions."