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ResourceWatch: Recommendations for cool (or hot) arts-based resources

ResourceWatch: Recommendations for cool (or hot) arts-based resources

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Hi everyone, Its great to see our membership growing so rapidly. Thanks again to those who have introduced themselves. Hoping to hear from others in the next little while! I thought that I would begin the week with a resource-related question: Do you have a recommendation for a really cool/hot arts-related resource...something that has captured your imagination or the imagination of your students? It could be discipline specific (dance, drama, music, visual arts, etc), or it could be related to the integration of the arts in other aspects of the curriculum.
As the discussion around this grows (and hopefully it will), I will collate the suggestions into one list that I will post. I'm going to start off with a book that I used today. I was introducing the elements and principles of visual design and the book, "Picture This: How Pictures Work" by Molly Bang filled the bill perfectly. For one review and description of the book, see Review of Picture This This book has a ton of potential for teaching young people about how pictures are constructed and composed. Fun, engaging and informative.

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Alida Anderson's picture

Hi there-- I'm looking for integrated arts curriculum models for an urban charter school (k-8). Does anyone have recommendations?

Thanks!

Stephen Hurley's picture
Stephen Hurley
Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman
Blogger

Hi Alida,

A couple of resources that might be of assistance:

1) The Chicago Arts Partnership (CAPE) has some excellent ideas and resources to look at: http://www.capeweb.org/

2) The Arts as Meaning Makers by Claudia Cornett is an excellent source of ideas, principles and planning tools.

Where are you with your planning?

stephen

Liliana Davella's picture

Hello,
I love to use picture books by British author and illustrator Anthony Browne. His book, "The Shape Game", describes how a visit to the art museum when he was a young boy, "changed his life forever". In this book, there is a great shape game you can play with your class. It also highlights some famous paintings at the Tate Museum in London and focuses on how each painting gives "clues" to meaning and provides a jump off point for personal connections and interpretations. His other books are fantastic too, especially if you take the time to really look at the illustrations. Not only do they help tell the story, they actually provide tons of new interpretations that go above and beyond what each story's message. My students love his books. They love to spend extra time looking at each illustration. Some of his books are: "The Piggybook"; "Into the Forest", and, "Voices in the Park".

enjoy,
Liliana

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Reva Cooper
Director of Public Information/Usdan Center For the Creative and Performing

I work with a wonderful and unique summer arts day camp, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, in the Greater New York area. Usdan, now entering its 43rd season, works with public schools in various ways, in finding and supporting students. It has introduced the visual and performing arts, with 40+ different programs, to more than 50,000 children ages 6 to 18, and no audition is needed for most courses, only an interest. It's not free, but about one third of the students attend on scholarship, and the annual return rate is almost two-thirds. Each summer, 1600 children from throughout the Tri-State area are transported to the Center's 200-acre woodland campus by air-conditioned bus.

The Center was declared a "Best Of for 2009" by TimeOutNY/Kids, New York Metro Parent and Long Island press newspapers.

Although the major goal is simply to establish a lifelong relationship with the arts, over the years, Usdan Center's unique stimulation has caused many students to go on to arts careers. Alumni include Mariah Carey, Natalie Portman, Lisa Gay Hamilton, jazz singer Jane Monheit, and members of major orchestras and dance ensembles. Also, there are daily on-site performances in the Center's 1,000-seat ampitheater, often by world-famous artists, such as the Tokyo String Quartet and members of the New York City Ballet.

The web site of the Center is www.usdan.com, for more information.

I've worked with other arts education organizations, but am particularly "high" on this one.

Jan Godown Annino's picture

[quote]Hi everyone,

Its great to see our membership growing so rapidly. Thanks again to those who have introduced themselves. Hoping to hear from others in the next little while!

I thought that I would begin the week with a resource-related question: Do you have a recommendation for a really cool/hot arts-related resource...something that has captured your imagination or the imagination of your students? It could be discipline specific (dance, drama, music, visual arts, etc), or it could be related to the integration of the arts in other aspects of the curriculum.

As the discussion around this grows (and hopefully it will), I will collate the suggestions into one list that I will post.

I'm going to start off with a book that I used today. I was introducing the elements and principles of visual design and the book, "Picture This: How Pictures Work" by Molly Bang filled the bill perfectly. For one review and description of the book, see Review of Picture ThisThis book has a ton of potential for teaching young people about how pictures are constructed and composed. Fun, engaging and informative.[/quote]

Jan Godown Annino's picture

I've seen some of her other books & remember the environmental collage-illustrated
Chattanooga Sludge as being a ground-breaker. It's on my shelf right now.
Will look for this one. Thanks for the tip.

By introduction, as I'm new to this discussion, in 2010 I'll be looking for ways to open up the art & ideas related to a picture book biography of Betty Mae Jumper, as a classroom resource. She is an amazing woman living in Florida who is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Many thanks,

Jan

Jan Godown Annino

Jan Godown Annino's picture

The Usdan website info is jazzy.
You must be proud to be part of this group.

In Florida I am proud of the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

This is widely known as a residential arts workshop setting on the bay in Central Florida, connecting master artists with associate artists who can benefit from 2-weeks in a lovely studio setting.

It also has a kickin' arts education component where I'll be presenting in 2010. My picture book project received a big boost from ACA (as we call it) through an associate artist residency in creative nonfiction I was fortunate to experience. I would urge any artists in all mediums (music, especially) to check out this site. And apply!

It sounds as if Usdan is a creative place to connect art with young minds, also.

Many thanks for sharing it.

Jan

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Ed Keegan
Arts-in-Education Teaching Artist

I am actually new to the group and Edutopia, and signed on to learn from the community. Already I appreciate the depth of knowledge here.

It was not at all my intent to self-promote, but this topic compelled me to share a book that my 12 year old daughter and I co-wrote to help Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers integrate reading with music/rhythm. The book is entitled, Drumming with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle. Here's the link: www.rhythmconnect.org/dexter. It includes an extensive online parent-teacher guide with downloadable auio files and many curriculum enhancements which delve into geopraphy, science, social studies and more.

The whole approach to the book is based on an interactive, experiencial learning model--I hope it is useful . . .

Thanks again for the great topic and forth coming resource list!
Ed Keegan

Arien Christopher's picture
Arien Christopher
Art's Resource Coach - Dance (Project CREATES, Tulsa Public Schools)

Alida,

You might find our website helpful: www.projectcreates.org
Project CREATES is an art's integration program in urban schools.
Take a look at the Summary of Research Findings.

Hope this helps.

Stephen Hurley's picture
Stephen Hurley
Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman
Blogger

Hi Arien,

Thanks for posting this link. I've watched a couple of the videos already, and look forward to explore more.

Could you let us know a little about your role in this project and some of the observations that you have made. The research is good, but I love the individual stories that come out of projects like this!

Stephen

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