Teachers from Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School District and Eureka City Schools came to Humboldt State University to learn how to teach shadow puppets as a vehicle for integrating arts into different curricula.
The teachers worked in groups of four to research the topic they chose, create the script, design and then build the puppets. Then they rehearsed their presentation and performed it. All this in just a couple hours! Amazing work for the day that laid the groundwork for all future arts integration projects since the basic steps are always the same.
5th graders at Hoopa Elementary School recently explored watercolors and poetry with cultural context. Teacher Maggie Peters stated, "I asked students to create a water color painting separating cool colors from warm colors through traditional basket designs. I had all students write a structured poem to accompany the art piece. In small group, I worked with students to brainstorm cultural items for each color and descriptive words for each item. I think the more I can tie arts and writing to the students' cultural knowledge the better. I can see their pride and self confidence rise because they know a lot about the culture. I also required them to have descriptive language, so that I can see their writing develop and mature."