Teachers gathered again at Arts and Drafts for drawing instruction. Bill Funkhouser shared cartoon-style drawing based on the book Draw Squad by Mark Kistler. Johanna Mauro taught observational drawing based on the approach developed by former Humboldt artist Brent Eviston. Here are some resources from the workshop:
Third graders at Grant School are taking memories from their past and simplifying, distorting and exaggerating them to create visual representations of those events.
Humboldt County Office of Education, in collaboration with Create Humboldt, received a $2.3 million grant from the federal Department of Education. The money is for our four-year Arts & Creativity Initiative which will provide professional development in arts education and arts integration for grade 3-5 teachers in Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Del Norte counties. It's about strengthening students' learning in all academic subjects.
HCOE Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager Stacy Young is Wendy Butler's guest on this Dec. 18 Artwaves program.
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Johanna Mauro was the artist instructor for the November 27 ArtSpa focused on oil pastels. Teachers started by looking closely at the techniques that Vincent Van Gogh used in his paintings. Layering and principles such as movement and elements of space were noticed. After seeing several techniques demonstrated by Ms. Mauro, teachers chose a landscape image they wanted to explore and practiced various techniques they wanted to use in their pastel creation. Finally, teachers chose a background color and created their artwork. Another successful evening of art making and social interactions for our collaborating teachers!
Bill and Heather were presenters at the 2018 California STEAM Symposium, a gathering of over 3,000 educators from across the country. Their presentation of the 5th Grade Math Inquiry and Collaboration Art Project was attended by over 100 teachers. (in a room designed to hold about 70!) Other notable presentations were keynote addresses by Tom Torlakson (CA Superintendent of Public Instruction), actor Lavar Burton, and cognitive psychologist/ TED speaker Lera Boroditsky.
Create Humboldt staff assisted at the Family Maker Night event at the Humboldt County Office of Education. (Schedule here) The events are part of the “Maker Movement” in education which allows students to practice critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, collaboration and communication based in technology or using simple supplies such as cardboard and tape. For more information on Humboldt County Office of Education sponsored Family Maker Nights or to sponsor your own, contact county CTE learning specialist Tanya Trump by calling 707-445-7817 or email. Facebook page here.
Teaching artist Ngan Ho partnered this week with Leah Clougherty at Winship Middle School to design and build board games with students that will put to practice their language arts skills.
Students in Mr. Keiselhorst's class used oil pastels to create imaginary ships. They practiced blending colors and filling the space with large shapes. The class compared other art materials like markers and colored pencils to oil pastels and completed a collaborative writing piece after the experience.
Photo evidence of the great training teachers had August 14-15 at Humboldt County Office of Education.
NCAIP teacher-participants Kim Stephens, Tina West and Maggie Peters from Hoopa Elementary presented a well-received workshop at the Turnaround Arts 2018 Summer Leadership Retreat in Virginia on the approach their school developed for peer-to-peer sharing of arts integration strategies.
They brought humor and dynamic energy to their role as workshop presenters and shared their school's adaptive approach to release time for their teachers' professional development.
The Noisy Paintbox is the book about the painter Wassily Kandinsky that inspired this project connecting music, and visual art. Students in Ms. Osuna's 4th grade class learned about synesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon that Kandinsky had in which stimulation of one sensory pathway such as music leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory pathway such as sight. After some initial training, students chose a piece of music and created the colors, shapes, textures and composition that they felt best described that music. The QR code in the corner of each display links to the song represented in the artwork.
During the last days of the school year, we are continuing to pilot lessons for the creative education project known as Create Humboldt. This lesson at Grant School focused on both the elements of visual art as well as learning how to communicate and collaborate. Students were taught how to share their ideas and then compromise for the goals of the team. Below are photos of the painting portion of the project.
The first and second grade classes at Grant School produced a new musical about tide pools, written by teaching artist Sarah McKinney. NCAIP helped with a teaching artist and the set. Today's performance was well attended and another arts success for Grant School. Special thanks to the Arcata High School students who are a part of the Arcata Arts Institute for providing the live music.
Ms. Fanucchi's third grade class at Washington Elementary was selected to test a new project that will be used in 14 Humboldt County Create Humboldt classrooms next year. The project uses the art of Sonia Delaunay and the book "A Life of Color" as a catalyst for students thinking about their own memories and how they would represent them in an abstract manner. Students made great progress developing their understanding of how abstract art is imagined and how meaning can be conveyed through non-representational art.
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.
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