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.
Tim Clewell of Arcata Arts Institute led the printmaking class on May 16, 2019 at Arts & Drafts in Eureka. Participating teachers learned several stencil printmaking techniques.
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."
In this video, Zach, samples J.Dilla's instrumental music from Youtube:
Site Art Lead and 6th Grade Teacher, Zach Lehner, also known as rapper, ZigZilla led (2) one-hour arts integration professional development sessions on integrating Hip-Hop Writing into core content. He opened the session with the question “Is there value in incorporating culture in class or is there a place for student culture?” Many teachers agreed that students’ engagement level, classroom climate, critical thinking skills, comprehension, literacy, and information retention increases when student culture is apart of the curriculum.
Zach, recommends pairing/grouping the students, asking them to write 2 bars (4 beats) using one instrumental music for the whole class to write to and then combining each groups’ work to make a complete verse (16 bars minimum).
Take a look at his lesson plan to get started!
Site Art Leads are North Coast Arts Integration teachers who's 18-19 goal is deepen and share their arts practices with others. Stephanie Silvia, our illustrious Site Art Lead from Hoopa Elementary shared a Valentine's day-themed lesson she did with her classes, using oil pastel, watercolor, shape, lines, pattern, and color choice.