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.
Click here to see a video about this project.
Eureka High School's wood shop program is partnering with North Coast Arts Integration Project to create rehearsal cubes for Zane Middle School's Drama program. Not only are Dylan and Leobardo, the woodworking students at EHS, learning valuable skills while they make these cubes, they are giving back to the community and the middle school that many EHS students attended.
As this article says, "[Rehearsal cubes] are used as stand-in props to help block out or act out a scene. There are endless combinations and with a little imagination, they go a long way. Stack up two cubes for a table. Use one as a chair. Put three of them together on the floor to make a bed. Turn one up so the open end is facing the audience to act as a TV set or cupboard. Use them as podiums or soapboxes to stand on. Stack three, two, then one to make a staircase or represent mountains. The possibilities are limitless." Built with an open end they double as storage containers between shows.
Click here for directions and plans to make rehearsal cubes.
One of our new favorite resources for creative education is an online program from Adobe called Spark Video. There are many reasons to use this software in the classroom:
Example student project
Students and teachers at Alice Birney are working with dance instructor Daniel Alejandro Gómez. He is an active member of HSU’s Ballet Folklórico de Humboldt dance group and has been performing with them since 2013. The students are dancing to La Raspa, a song that comes from the Jalisco region of México. The students will perform this dance at the school's Cesar Chavez Day celebration.
Students in several K-3 classes at Lafayette Elementary learned how objects in the far distance are lighter than objects that are closer. This phenomenon is know as "atmospheric perspective". These students also practiced mixing secondary colors and tints.
"We overlapped our green paint for hills and mountains. Overlap means to make something look behind something like depth. But really it's just on the same paper. When we mixed yellow and blue, we got green. Then we added a tint (tint is a small dose of white) to make it lighter. We added more blue to make it darker so we made its value change." - Third Grade Student
Students in Ms. Brakeman's 5th grade class explored chalk pastels, overlapping shapes and value in this lesson. By overlapping organic or geometric shapes, students learned how new shapes are created. Many students were surprised how challenging the chalk or charcoal medium was to work with.
Michael Dayvid, a singer and songwriter based in Arcata, performed at Hoopa Elementary School. He has many popular songs in his repertoire from which the school requested their favorites.
Mr. Dayvid arrived with lyric books so the whole community could sing along.
The Hoopa Elementary Rock Band joined Michael Dayvid for "One Love" by Bob Marley and "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Marrs.
Thanks to music teacher Mr. Doiron who started preparing the student musicians for this collaboration back in December.
Students in Mr. Weiderman's 8th grade art class are making masks for the annual theatrical production. This year's masks use the commedia dell'arte mask archetypes that students will wear during the original dramatization created in collaboration with the Amazing Vox staff. After learning the commedia characters, students sketched a character they wanted to create and made a clay version of the character. The students are pictured below adding the plaster gauze to the clay. Later they will be pulling off the plaster and painting/ finishing the masks.
Hoopa Elementary Arts Teacher Stephanie Silvia strengthened the practice of traditional Valentines by integrating them with memories. Each student cut out the usual heart shape, then divided the space into several areas to show memories they had with loved ones.
Describing the student memories, Ms. Silvia said, "One boy drew a deceased sibling, along with other children who drew a symbol for a loved one who had died. One first grader had different scenes of his family on vacation in Hawaii, "This is the day we all hugged." Another child: "This is me picking flowers with my grandma."
When asked about plans to extend this lesson, Silvia replied "Next school year, I can collaborate with teachers who are preparing their students for narrative writing. For the older kids this project introduces the concept of personal memoir in relation to reading memoirs and writing in the first person. The aspect of being able to reminisce and express these life events in both a visual and written form helps students develop self- identity, self- awareness, and self-reflection in all aspects of their lives, along with their rich cultural lives."
Asked about the connections this project has to other areas, Ms. Silvia suggested, "This is a form of self-portrait in the tradition of using symbolism and personal symbols for self-expression. Many of my students' memories come from tribal events or ceremonies. A first grader drew regalia, a dress covered with shells to remember the dances. Many drew the river for times had spent with their families at the river. A student drew sticks to represent that tribal game. Others drew basket weaving or people wearing traditional woven caps and beaded necklaces. Some hearts were covered with traditional designs."
Families were not daunted by the weather on the evening of January 25, 2018 as they came to see their children's creative efforts. Over the previous weeks the Morris Graves Museum educational specialist Virginia Wood had visited classes providing arts lessons. These were displayed in classrooms. NCAIP coordinator Sarah Peters worked with students on a poetry performance that was presented several times during the evening.NCAIP coordinators Heather Gaiera and Bill Funkhouser provided a community quilt project and photobooth. The photo below shows the standing-room only crowd enjoying a ukulele performance by Ms. Osuna's fourth grade class.
The North Coast Arts Integration Project has provided a class set of ukuleles for 4th grade classrooms across the four elementary schools in Eureka City Schools. Music teacher David Demant teaches daily ukulele lessons for six weeks in each classroom. Students learn strumming, singing and instrument care with the ukulele as a cheerful accompaniment.
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.
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