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.
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.
Students at Alice Birney Elementary School are using their imagination and descriptive language. They have been practicing folklorico dance with Daniel Gomez. After dancing, students returned to the classroom to hear selections of music from Mexico. They were then asked to explain what they saw in their heads while listening to music. Several third graders shared the following:
What do you see when you listen the the music?
One of our favorite arts integration projects is symbolic portraiture. Besides teaching the valuable lesson that "people are much more than what they look like", these symboliic portraits are a way to encourage higher order thinking as students represent book characters as animals or objects. The text in the background is quoted from the book and is evidence of their symbolism.
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