Students explored identity and expression in their recent work of abstract selfies with Ms. Silvia. Art work from all grade levels at Hoopa Elementary School are exhibited in the Neighborhood Facility for a community show titled "What it Feels Like to be Me".
Teachers in both North Coast Arts Integration Project and Create Humboldt came together in Old Town Eureka to explore watercolor with master painter Alan Sanborn. Alan showed his artwork over the years and the work of his mentor, Bob Benson. A few watercolor techniques were shown and then teachers explored the medium. The final exercise was a paint-and-pass exploration where teachers painted on each others paintings. The evening was a great way for teachers to become more comfortable with watercolor and have fun trying new things. Thank you to Arts and Drafts for hosting this event in their craft room.
Students traveled up to 50 miles to Humboldt State University for a multi-faceted art field trip. In one station, students worked with HSU Art Education majors to create jewelry and shadow puppets. HSU Art students also provided docent tours of the Goudi'ni gallery to view Native American alumni art and the Reese Bullen gallery to view current HSU art major works. We thank HSU art instructor James Woglum and his students for all the organization and hard work that went into this experience for students from Hoopa Elementary and Eureka City Schools.
The North Coast Arts Integration Project partnered with the Arcata Arts Institute and the Arcata Design Institute to develop a hexagon collage/ math lesson for their Just Make It night. This annual event draws Humboldt County families to Arcata High School to paint, sew, program robots and other Maker activities.
The Create Humboldt grant was rolled out this weekend with 50 enthusiastic teachers and principals from around Humboldt County. Participants engaged in a variety of activities and discussions on Creative Education, best teaching practices, and the National Core Art Standards. Educators were challenged to ideate, express, provide feedback, iterate and reflect in an art making activity called Verb + Adverb. During an activity called "Curate a Show", teachers analyzed artworks, identified possible themes which connected the pieces. Another activity involved the simple act of reading the artwork and connecting it to personal experiences and feelings. Each of the activities targeted concepts such as structured student talk, feedback, higher order thinking, engagement, integration and personal expression.
In a partnership with the school climate project, the North Coast Arts Integration Project is training teachers on percussion and rhythm education. Percussion activities are beneficial for all students, especially those students who live with adverse childhood experiences. Using an in-class training model, music teacher Michael LaBolle will be teaching a lesson in 24 different classrooms and then returning a week later to co-teach or observe the teacher independently leading the lesson.
Teaching Artists Sarah McKinney and Lauren Zika partner with Grant Elementary School to explore the importance of tide pools as an ecosystem. Through movement-based games they are splashing right into the process of putting on an original musical called Tide Pools Are Cool! Here they practice the theatre skills of expressing emotions and ideas with the whole body.
Over 300 students from two Eureka elementary schools came to see a preview of "Shrek, The Musical" performed by Eureka High School students. For many students, this was a first live theater experience. Children were heard wondering about the lighting, the costumes and make up. During the question and answer period with the director and cast, children asked dozens of questions about the musical, the live band, and theater-craft.
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