Students across Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino and Lake counties are practicing learning to share their ideas, justify why they suggest their idea, compromising on one idea, planning, and woringk together to create these artworks. The process of learning how to collaborate is critical for all group learning.
Here's what students in Ms. Holland's class had to say when looking at examples of student art:
they have 3 colors
there are different textures on each one
the designs are different in them
some look smooth and some look not smooth
the lines look like they used tape
all the different shapes
some parts are so dark
how they stopped the color from spreading
did they use paint?
Are we going to do this?
how the paper didn't tear
who made those
how they mixed the colors
if they used a lot of water
how it's going to turn out and if we can do that
who is in my group for making this
In Spring 2019, Droop Capone (dr. Oop for short) did a teaching artist residency as part of the North Coast Arts Integration Project at both Trinity Valley Elementary and Hoopa Elementary with 7th and 8th graders.
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Teachers across Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino and Lake counties are beginning their school year with students learning how to collaborate. Teachers use the "How to Collaborate" poster/protocol to teach students the six steps of working with others towards a common goal.
Cutten 6th grade teacher Ms. Cook remarked, "I noticed that the students were quickly able to collaborate on what color palate, texture and design to use." When asked about her students' use of the Creativity Skills, she added, "Develop Craft was developed as we broke down techniques for watercolor, color families, and texture. We used Notice and Wonder when we examined the student examples prior to and during the project. The students Reflected as they co-wrote their reflections. Envision and Create was used as the students first developed their own ideas about the project and then, through collaboration, were able to create a product that was greater than any one idea. The students were Engaged in the project and Persisted, even when the tape (which they had linted) started peeling up the paper. They found ways to keep the damage minimal and to even repair artistically. Ideas were Integrated when the lesson linked mathematic areas and patterns with the art space and design."
Melanie Rick from Focus 5 facilitated Day 1 of the summer institute.
These dedicated teachers are enhancing the lives of children by providing them with a safe environment to build relationships and express their learning in diverse ways.
Many have written about what compromises creativity, but what skills can be taught that support becoming more creative? This question is at the heart of the work of Create Humboldt and the Arts & Creativity Initiative. We have identified eight concepts which are at the heart of the units and the work we do in schools. This graphic, in English and Spanish, explains those eight ideas.
PDF of the skills in English and Spanish here
If you would like a vinyl sticker of these skills, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Bill Funkhouser-sticker request/ Arts & Creativity Initiative/ 901 Myrtle Ave./ Eureka, CA 95501
7th and 8th grade students at Trinity Valley and Hoopa Elementary Schools created two original hip hop songs with teaching artist Droop Capone (dr. Oop for short). Catch the songs on the radio this weekend! Friday 6/21/19 on KMUD between 3-5:30 pm and Sunday 6/22/19 on KHUM between 10 am-3 pm. Thanks to Cory Goldman and Jay Tilghman of The MARZ Project for audio recording and video editing and Piet Dalmolen for mixing the tracks!
"My Destiny" Video by Trinity Valley students
(Open the audio tracks in a new window to download.)
"My Destiny" by Trinity Valley students
"Life is Just The Dopest" by Hoopa students
Students at Arcata High's Arcata Arts Institute collaborated on a sticker project by exchanging stickers they created with ones that 5th graders created at Arcata Elementary School. These photos show some of the AAI students receiving their sticker from the younger student and reading the letter that was written to them about the artwork.
And here are some of the 5th graders working on their stickers.
Here are some of the stickers from the high school students in AAI.
Thank you to Ms. Simoni and her Alice Birney kindergarten artists for helping to pilot the new Collaborative Art Project designed for K-2 students. Below are some of their final collaborative art projects.
Enjoy this video summarizing why Create Humboldt Arts Liaison Johanna Mauro was selected as one of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.
Enjoy this video summarizing why Arts & Creativity Initiative teacher Heidi Conzelman was selected as one of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.
Enjoy this video summarizing why Create Humboldt teacher John Michael Larson was selected as one of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.
Enjoy this video summarizing why North Coast Arts Integration Project teacher (and frequent arts integration speaker) Zach Lehner was selected as one of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients. You can see multiple examples of both visual and performing arts integration in his video.
Enjoy this video summarizing why Create Humboldt coordinator Heather Gaiera was selected as one of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.
Artist Lucas Thornton visited Lafayette Elementary School this week as part of the North Coast Arts Integration Project. He is creating a 3-D piece of art where each student contributes their own painted leaf, and his lesson included plant biology and color mixing. Thank you to Ursula Ferguson for organizing the school-wide visit, and Taylor Carey and Mimi Dojka for joining the Leaf Prep Team at Lucas's studio in Eureka.
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."