pARTners collaborates with Dancers’ Workshop to teach kindergarteners the letters and sounds of the alphabet through multiple cognitive modes: forming the shapes of letters with their bodies; practicing movements choreographed to music; creating their own costumes and set; and performing in front of an audience.
“I think the Dancing Alphabet program is a unique experience that the teachers and students look forward to all year. Students get to express all they have learned through art, dance, and music. They get to bond together over this project, and it gives each child a chance to shine. At the end of Kindergarten they often tell me it was one of their favorite memories!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
“J” is for Jackson Community Quilt
1st grade students select an image that corresponds to their assigned letter, and then a pARTners’ artist helps the students design and create a fabric square. Volunteers from the JH Quilt Guild stitch the students’ squares into quilts, teaching the students about the importance of patterning and measuring in quilting. The ABC quilts are proudly displayed in each classroom.
“The quilt project gave the students a chance to create something independently and then come together as a class to create the final quilt. This project helps build community in our classroom.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Patterns in Nature Photography Project
Guided by a pARTners artist, 1st grade students photograph nature, reinforcing the concept of patterns, familiarizing children with the Elements of Art, and emphasizing their “sense of place.”
“The photography project helped my students see nature and our school environment from a new perspective. They were 100% engaged and found patterns that have surrounded them daily that they had never actually seen before. It was fun! We all love walking through the hallway seeing the patterns. They are colorful, artistic and great!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Habitats of Jackson Hole
Throughout the year, 2nd grade students study the ecosystem of Jackson Hole through 8 different integrated arts projects. One of the final products is a comprehensive scientific journal. Working with artists, students learn how to sketch various animals found in their community using shapes; draw plant life; identify and record specimens; make detailed observations; collect data; and research facts about Jackson Hole wildlife and vegetation.
“As a 2nd Grade classroom teacher, pARTners is an exceptional organization for our local students. pARTners artists work tirelessly with teachers to provide meaningful, engaging, and memorable lessons for students that enhance their classroom learning. All of our students look forward to their time with pARTners, and we are extremely lucky to have them in our schools!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Comets and Asteroids: An Integrated Approach
Wyoming Stargazers and pARTners provide a hands-on and engaging approach to learning about space. Students are introduced to the night sky, motion of the stars, constellations, planets, comets, and asteroids using a 15 foot inflatable planetarium dome. Students draw and/or paint their own artistic representation of comets or asteroids and create a planetarium projection slide that uses a flashlight and overhead projector transparency. Using these products, students create their own planetarium.
“Students really enjoyed this project, bringing Art and Science together really engaged the students! We want more projects like this in the future.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Careers in the Arts
In this project, students learn about different careers that utilize the arts. Students interact with a local architect, graphic designer and documentary film maker in the classroom. This project allows students to see how art and practical needs come together while exploring design, form and marketing principles.
“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. Students now see common things like buildings as art! It shifts their perspective about the importance of art in our everyday life.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
Variables in Art
Students use the Scientific Method to guide them through this visual art project and distinguish between dependent and independent variables. This opportunity uses art to introduce a foundational concept in science. When students understand variables, they are better able to engage in the scientific process and understand the rationale for and outcomes of scientific experiments.
“This project helped me to better understand the terms we are using in our science class. I also liked that I was able to be creative.” – STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
“This project revolutionized my thinking about variables. I had never made the connection to variables outside of science before. This project made me recognize the value of interdisciplinary thinking in helping students better understand important academic vocabulary terms. Thank you!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
The American Dream Project
Students read and examine stories that focus on adversity, diversity and the concept of the “American Dream.” Students work with visual artists to create a poster that illustrates through symbols, colors, and words the adversity that people face and overcome to realize their own American dream.
“Thank you to pARTners! This project allowed students to think and explore their topics more AND be exposed to other topics as well. This project also made me realize I don’t give kids enough time to just think!” – TEACHER 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.” – STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
The Egyptian Faire
In history class, students worked with visual artists, dancers, and actors to explore the Egyptian culture. Their projects supported their studies of the Egyptian people and their history. With the help of local artists, students created performances and ancient artifacts that allowed history to come to life.
The Eyes Project
As part of the 6th grade L.A. curriculum, students read, write, and think about the causes and effects of adversity. This project helps students reflect and think deeply about their changing views. The installation features many sets of eyes that reflect new understandings about adversity and potential solutions. Students worked with local artists to learn how to draw eyes and how to use shading, color, and other techniques to create depth and perspective.
“The partners project helped students to reflect on their learning. It wasn‘t the normal reflection process. We didn‘t ask what did you learn? How will it help you? Instead we focused on eyes. While students were learning how to draw eyes, we had conversations about how they now see the world. Five months later, students are still noticing how eyes are used in literature and when new ideas push them to see the world differently. I think the creative twist and quality time spent in creative reflection allowed students to internalize our reflection goals. Not only that, the projects look amazing. It‘s a powerful exhibit.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
“It seems like everything we read asks us to “see” something differently. I think that’s what 6th grade is all about: changing how we see things. I went from seeing bullies as bad to seeing them as people who do bad things because of the adversity they are experiencing. When you look into someone’s eyes, you can see the difference. This project teaches us to not trust what we see on the outside. We have to learn to look deeper.” – STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
Character Dolls: Fábulas Peluchinas
In this project, students in Spanish Language Arts classes create unique stuffed animals with dynamic personalities called a peluche. Each student designs and fabricates their own peluche, which reflects a specific character trait or value. The stuffed animals later becomes the protagonist for an original fable based around the key value. Students learned about theme, character traits, and text structures during the writing process. After production of the fables, students share, and then gift their projects to a 2nd grade student in the dual immersion program at Jackson Elementary. Through art and sharing, each student’s character came to life.
“This is one of my favorite projects of the year. Students surprise me with their creativity when the third dimension is introduced. Suddenly, student writing was more inspired because of their stuffed animal. Sharing their stories and stuffed animals created an authentic audience. For many students, this was their best piece of writing this year.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
“I’ll never forget this project. Our peluches make me laugh. They are so cute! It was fun to see how excited the 2nd grade students were to get them. They really listened to our stories. I hope my stuffed animal will remind my student to be kind to everyone.” – STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
The Medieval Faire is a staple to the Jackson Hole Middle School experience. While studying Medieval life and history, students work with a pARTners artist to create crests and stained glass windows. The medieval unit culminates in the Medieval Faire that includes a reenactment and feast.
“pARTners gave my students the opportunity to explore History through art with fun, hands-on activities! What better lesson plan could there possibly be? Thank you pARTners! Keep up the great work!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
The Belief Project
Designed to represent their middle school experience and promote self-exploration as 8th graders transition to high school, the three-week Belief Project encourages students to reflect through writing and visual exercises. With the help of their English teachers and pARTners’ artists, students collect mementos and study the use of symbols to tell a visual story, ultimately developing a theme for their individual Belief Essay and self-portrait collage.
“What a powerful project! The pARTners artists give my students the guidance to truly make their collages explode off their page. We are so grateful to receive the extra support in our L.A. classrooms.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
“I learned that I really do have a solid belief that I live by and it made me look further into my core values.”
“I believe this was a worthwhile activity because not only did we learn more about art, but we learned more about ourselves in the process.”
– STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL
Un Obras de Arte
In Un Obras de Arte, students explore Latin art. After learning about elements of design, color, and technique, they create a collage celebrating an artist of their choosing. Lastly, students share their project with the group using a multimedia presentation.
“[pARTners] allows me the opportunity to bring a professional into the classroom who will share their expertise with the students. I am NOT an outstanding artist, but pARTners allows me to provide these opportunities to my incredible students. I love these opportunities and so do they!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL
Artists Up Close
pARTners sponsors a series of artists from the community in leading students in mini-residencies. The workshops focus on specific styles and techniques including screen and print making, casting/plaster molds, metalworking, and painting. These opportunities now only allow students to learn from experts, they provide an opportunity for students to hear about careers in the arts.
JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL
Art and Literature Intensive
For five days, JHHS students work with local artists and writers in Sinks Canyon State Park, located outside of Lander Wyoming. Using place-based education, students engage in a variety artistic and creative writing projects, interact with the environment, and explore the humanities using nature.
“Students were highly engaged and inspired to take on the media after seeing the demonstrations. This program has been a rich addition to the arts program and is fostering a stronger basis of understanding the arts community (a core standard) as well as encouraging young artists to see the future potential of their creative talents.” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
pARTners ignites creative thinking and self-expression in students by integrating the ARTS into Teton County K-12 curriculum.
Inspiring a creative passion for the ARTS through education.
PO Box 2188
Center for the Arts
Jackson, WY 83001