Through Visual Arts integration students will have opportunities to explore, expand and apply perspective, proportion, spatial reasoning, color and texture in their works of art. I look forward to working with your students to harness those higher order thinking skills. You'll be amazed at their work!
Collage and mixed media help students find graphic representations to use to express a variety of standards in most subject areas. Visualize a collage depicting cause and effects of climate changes on various landforms. Or conceptualize what an author's words represent.
Mind Mapping, another visual art form, is a type of graphic organizer that also focuses on creativity and the organization of information and how topics of subject content are depicted and interrelated. Pictures are worth a thousand words!
Creating blank books using a variety of art and design techniques will turn any student into an author and illustrator. Can be a paired activity.
As an Elementary Art Educator with 21 years of experience, I noticed when speaking with students about their artwork they often spoke about details not visible on the page. For the past 12 years I have explored the relationship between students' art and their writing inspired by their artwork. Creating content specific art prior to writing allows students to mentally rehearse and organize their thoughts. As a result, all students are engaged. I had one reluctant writer tell me "This was easy and fun because I got the words from my picture."
The Gibbes Museum enhances lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality, by collecting and preserving art that touches Charleston, and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process.
The Time Machine: Using costumes and props, students interact with each other and collaborate to create music and videos reflecting another time.
Previous projects have traveled to and visited the Mayflower Compact (1620), Charleston Towne and the Lords Proprietors (1670), the Italian Renaissance (15th century), and the Civil Rights movement in Charleston from the Cigar Factory Strike (1949) to the Charleston Sit-In (1963).
Writing Workshops: Students are inspired by art to write poetry and narratives. Some sample workshop projects include:
Reflections: A 2-session writing workshop
Tall Tales: based on Zora Neale Hurston’s Lies and Big Tales
Pick-a-Path: A 1-2 session workshop. Which path will you take?
Mosaic Mania: Each student will create a paper mosaic picture in a 10x10 square grid with their choice of colors to create a symbol, picture or design. Upon completion of their individual mosaics students will share mathematical information about their design before gathering as a class to assemble a giant mosaic.
We are also happy to customize or tailor any of our existing programs to meet your needs.
Use 3D forms, including models and puppetry, to integrate virtually ANY academic standard to make learning interactive and memorable for all grade levels.
Math through architectural scale model construction. Historical figures brought to life through character creation. Poetry and grammar through movement, voice & theater games. Science concepts made tangible. Custom plans.
*This is only available as a virtual experience * Dave McDonald has built a career as a comics creator and accredited teaching artist based on an award-winning background in television, theme park entertainment and puppetry. He offers education-based programming to schools, museums and libraries through several state and local arts councils in North & South Carolina. He is also a kid's cartooning instructor through his online “Kids Make Comics!” video series, featured on Youtube's educational online platform, Epic!
During this 5-consecutive day virtual residency, author/illustrator and cartoonist Dave McDonald will work with up to 5 classrooms per day in 45-50 minute class periods. The artist will guide students through a comics-making project that is defined as a full page (9” x 12” art paper) multi-panel informative comic, drawn using pencil (and optionally ink pens and colored pencils). Each student works independently and is responsible for developing their own original characters, writing their own storyline and completing their own informative comic; the goal being to integrate 3 FACTS/MAIN IDEAS taken from a predetermined and previously studied standard; i.e., social studies, science- all guided by the artist.
Kristy Bishop is a fiber artist with expertise in natural dyes, indigo, weaving, and textile surface design. She has been a partner with ECM since 2014. Living and working in Charleston, Kristy spends much of her time teaching fiber techniques to students in public schools, adult workshops, and summer camps. In addition to ECM, Kristy partners with the Charleston Museum, McClellanville Arts Council, and the Gibbes Museum to facilitate workshops. Kristy has also worked in Equatorial Guinea on the wildlife documentary Monkeys of Bioko, produced by Smithsonian channel. Beginning in 2020, Kristy Bishop is a Certified Teaching Artist through the South Carolina Arts Commission.
*The science of indigo and its history in South Carolina and West Africa:
Students will be introduced to indigo, a natural dye that yields a range of blues. Indigo is a dye that has been used all over the world and in South Carolina, has a history intertwined in colonial America and slavery. Similar to cotton and rice, it was a significant cash crop in South Carolina.
The science behind indigo truly can feel magical, especially when witnessing the color change before your eyes. Students will get to dye with indigo using a folded and clamp resist and experience the oxidation process of the dye while creating patterned fabric.
The days following will be focused on West African Adinkra traditions. Adinkra are symbols printed onto fabric in West Africa that have different meanings. Students will choose one to four symbols that represent themselves, friends, or family and paint a resist on fabric with traditional cassava paste. Once dry, students get to dip their resists into the indigo. They then scrape off the cassava revealing a white design where the paste was before. Students can present their artwork and share with the class.
*Natural Dyes and the Scientific Theory:
Students will learn about the science of natural dyes as well as color mixing. Natural dyes come from plant and animal sources as well as the fabrics we will be using. For nearly all of human history they were the only source of color for cloth until the 1850s. We will be using indigo for blue, cochineal and madder root for a cool and warm red, osage orange for yellow, onion skins for orange, and seasonal plants such as goldenrod or tickseed.
With natural dyes there are many variables that change the color of the fabric. The variables that we will use to change the color are dipping cloth in soda ash, citric acid, iron, and a chalk bath. Throughout the ELE students will partner up and create their own experiments with different fabrics and dyes. They will come up with a “question” and a hypothesis. The next step is performing the experiment in which they document their results on recipe cards. The students have a lot of freedom to discover new color combinations and will have at least 6 dye recipe cards.
The culmination of the weeklong experiments is each student will be able to dye a 12” x 12” piece of fabric. They will reference their cards and choose which color combination they would like to dye. Using a folding and clamping technique, students can create colorful patterns on their fabric.
Lisa Trott, 2013 CCSD Teacher of the Year, is a retired veteran elementary teacher who has dedicated her career to developing arts-integrated learning experiences for her students. Lisa fervently believes that providing creative paths for students results in deeper meaning and understanding. Within each learning experience, students will merge academics with the arts in a multitude of forms such as music, visual arts, dancing...you name it, we’ll do it!!
*Native American Artwork: Seeing Indigenous Americans Through Their Eyes
(ELA and Social Studies) - Students will be immersed in the culture and natural resources of 4 main geographical Native American regions (Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Eastern Woodlands) through legends and beliefs, as well as create an iconic piece of art for each region.
*Calligram Poetry and Mosaics
(ELA and Science) - This is truly a multifaceted learning experience! Students will learn about calligram poetry - shape poetry - but there’s a twist! While the shape can’t move, students will use strong verbs and adverbs to describe the daily movements of a chosen animal. This “moving” shape animal poem will then be completed with an interior mosaic reflecting the habitat of the animal!
*Finding the Beat with the Beatles
(ELA) - Using songs from the Beatles, students will learn about poetic rhyme patterns and types of poetry. Students will be introduced to the artwork of Peter Max andHeinz Edelmann (Yellow Submarine) with their use of primary colors and psychedelic, comic book style in conjunction with zentangle art - merging the two.
Cat Brantley is an artist and visual arts teacher with an Art Ed degree and certification in Therapeutic Art techniques for coaches. Cat has a passion for helping people of all ages practice creative problem solving and visual art skills, using both new and familiar art materials. She integrates her experience in outdoor education, mindfulness, farm to school education, perspective drawing, watercolor/acrylic painting, and fabric dyeing into her art lessons. Her teaching philosophy was crafted around first building meaningful relationships with her students, and she enjoys coaching educators on respectful, intentional ways to comment and reflect on student artwork. Cat co-owns a pop-up art workshop business called Sister Moon Studio with her twin sister, teaching adult watercolor, batik dyeing, and creative mindfulness courses in the Charleston area.