This is a comprehensive S.T.E.A.M. project that integrates arts curriculum into Science. Students will review simple circuits, parallel circuits and switches. Then in conjunction with their Science teacher, they will learn about conductivity, polarity and introductory crafting techniques. Students will integrate circuits into their design and sewing of a piece of clothing, jewelry or cloth panel bracelet. This project aligns with the new Common Core State Standards while instilling the 21st century skills that are essential to success in the global economy.
In this projects students are learning about the Scientific Method through ART! Using terms such as independent variable and dependent variable, students are recreating the same image using different artistic mediums: pencil, pastels and paint. As a result of this project students will make observations about using the different mediums (dependent variable) to come to a conclusion about how it impacted their image (independent variable).
pARTners collaborates with Dancers’ Workshop to teach kindergarteners’ the letters and sounds of the alphabet through a multiple-intelligence approach. Through the Dancing Alphabet, students explore the 26 symbols of the English language, and Dual Immersion students also dive into the Spanish alphabet. The project engages students through multiple cognitive modes: kinesthetic by forming the shapes of letters with their bodies; musical by performing movements choreographed to music; visual-spatial by creating their own costumes (painting t-shirts of their assigned letters) and the set/backdrop of letters; and interpersonal by performing in front of an audience. The final component of the project is the publication of a picture book for each student, incorporating photographs of students performing his/her designated letter. The photographs help the children refine their alphabetical pronunciation and penmanship throughout the year. The project culminates in the students’ performance of the Dancing Alphabet for their parents at Dancers’ Workshop.
To deepen the first grade unit on community, pARTners implements several projects starting with the Community Quilt, a creative lesson taught with help from the Jackson Hole Quilt Guild. Students select an image that corresponds with the sound of their assigned letter, and then a pARTners artist helps the students interpret their chosen image into a fabric square. Volunteers from the Quilt Guild stitch the students’ squares into quilts, teaching the students about the importance of patterning and measuring in quilting. The ABC quilts become a proud display in each classroom. The second component of pARTners’ first-grade community curriculum finds students photographing patterns in nature. Guided by a pARTners artist, the project reinforces the concept of patterns, familiarizes children with the Elements of Art and underscores their “sense of place.”
As part of the 4th grade Common Core Standards, students must explore different careers that utilize the arts. Students interact with a local architect, graphic designer and fashion designer via stations in the classroom. Students are given a challenge at each station that gives them a clearer understanding of what people do in these professions. The project allows students to see how art and practical needs come together, and how it impacts the final product. In addition, students realize in these professions, a person needs to study design, form and marketing. Students learn that, ultimately, the goal for an arts-based career is to make products to grab the interest of a potential buyer and convince them to make a purchase (be it clothes, food, or a house.)
“I loved this project because it had real life applications. Community members came into the classroom to show students what art careers look like in this community.”
pARTners supports several projects as part of the second grade’s year-long unit on the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This comprehensive curriculum is designed to teach students about wildlife habitats and behaviors, as well as their role as stewards of the environment. At the start of the school year, pARTners provides every second grader with a blank nature journal and a pARTners artist shares techniques for recording observations in their journals. Students also collect specimens from the outdoors and learn about the different species of trees in their area, by sketching/rubbing leaves. After the journaling project, a pARTners artist teaches students how to draw animals using geometric shapes, a practice that helps students identify unique characteristics of their animals in order to create accurate illustrations. The Animals of Jackson Hole project concludes with students exploring animal movements with Dancers’ Workshop and singing animals songs that are later choreographed together for a performance for their parents.
As part of the 6th grade The topic was making the American Dream more accessible to all. Students explored the concepts of diversity and discrimination, and how it can fit into the “American Dream.” Then students worked with local artists to create posters that used symbols and colors to illustrate their concepts.
[blockquote size=”full” align=”left” byline=”Student Testimonial”]“After looking at all these posters, I realized how much work there is to do with civil rights. I know we read about this, but the posters made me see it. I want to help.”[/blockquote]
[blockquote size=”full” align=”left” byline=”Teacher Testimonial”]“Students who do not normally interact with each other were complimenting each other’s work, and students who are difficult to engage began to get engaged in this project.”[/blockquote]
In this project, Wyoming Stargazers and pARTners artists work together to provide a hands-on and engaging approach to learning about space, particularly comets and asteroids. The lessons include an introduction to the night sky, motion of the stars, constellations, planets, comets, and asteroids using a 15ft inflatable planetarium dome.
An artist from pARTners will help the students draw and/or paint their own artistic representation of comets or asteroids using what they learned about their structure and composition, as well as their historical significance, from the preceding lessons. Finally, the students will create a comet or asteroid planetarium projection slide that uses a flashlight, overhead projector transparency. The slides will also provide a model for artistically representing scientific knowledge for the teachers to use in future lessons.
Teacher Testimonial: “Students really enjoyed this project, bringing Art and Science together really engaged the students! We want more projects like this in the future.”
While studying medieval life and history, students work with pARTners Abby Paffrath to create puppets and stained glass windows. For their language arts/ social studies class, the students produce a puppet show illustrating themes of medieval life. Meanwhile, the stained glass project teaches students about symmetry and geometry, as well as the medieval themes portrayed in the windows. The medieval unit culminates in the Medieval Faire, a reenactment and feast.