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, 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
Animals of Jackson Hole
Throughout the year, 2nd graders study the animals and ecosystem of Jackson Hole and create comprehensive scientific journals. Working with artists, students learn how to sketch various animals found in their community by using shapes; draw plant life; identify and record specimens; make detailed observations; and collect data and research facts about wildlife and vegetation. Finally, students decorate their journal cover using collage. The animals of Jackson Hole project culminates with students exploring animal movements with Dancers’ Workshop and performing for their families and friends at the Center for the Arts.
“I would like to know how we can be better partners to pARTners! I believe this is not widely enough known – to other stakeholders – the amazing contributions that pARTners makes to our students. It is the work and the fantastic teaching of pARTners that literally makes our second grade curriculum COME ALIVE for our students.” – 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 15ft 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.
“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
Students learn about different careers that utilize the arts. Students interact with a local architect, graphic designer and fashion designer via stations 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.” – 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 for science. When students understand variables, they are better able to engage in the scientific process and understand the rationale for and outcomes of science 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
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 how people overcome adversity to discover their own dreams and aspirations.
“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
While studying Medieval life and history, students work with a pARTners artist to create puppets and stained glass windows. The medieval unit culminates in the Medieval Faire, 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 and 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 I love being able to provide this to my incredible students!” – TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL
Artists Up Close
pARTners brings in a series of artists from the community to lead students in mini-residencies that focus on specific styles and techniques including screen and print making, casting/plaster molds, and metalworking.
JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL
Art and Literature Intensive
For 5 day, students work with local artists and writers at the Teton Science School. Using place-based education, students engage in a variety artistic projects, interact with the environment, and explore the humanities using nature.
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