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.
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.
6 classrooms at Hoopa Valley Elementary practiced using visual art to build observation skills and use descriptive language and sensory details in writing.
After learning oil pastel color blending skills, students in Ms. Brakeman's fifth grade class at Lafayette Elementary used oil pastels to illustrate concepts of photosynthesis in their own way. Using professional art supplies not only teaches students about the materials real artists use but also increases engagement. Illustrating concepts and posting them in the classroom is an example of "communication", one of the 21st century skills students need for careers today. By creating their own artwork, they are using higher order thinking skills to design and revise their poster, create their illustration and identify key concepts of photosynthesis.
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