The first semester of our partnership with The Phillips Collection was very successful.  Wednesday, January 16 Tyler had the first of two Community Celebrations to recognize the work of our Pre-K and 2-5 students and teachers.  If you have a chance to go to The Phillips Collection to see the Young Artist Exhibition please do so.  The work the students produced is amazing, and all integrated into their first semester units of study!  This coming semester all of Preschool and K-1 students and classrooms will be participating in the partnership.  Ask your students about visiting the museum and the art they are creating in their classrooms.

National Portrait Gallery!

The 3/4 classes will be participating in a new partnership with The National Portrait Gallery called Historias Retrato/Portrait Stories.  Classes will visit the museum two times and museum educators will be visiting classrooms.  Students will choose one person of interest, learn how to read portraiture, do research on the person and write a biography along with a drawing.  All of the writings will be compiled into a book project.  Be on the lookout for dates and times of field trips, chaperones are more than welcome!

In the Classrooms!

We are seeing a lot of great arts integrated work inside classrooms.  Many of our teachers have an arts integrated work center in both Literacy and Math.  Examples are looking at works of art, finding key details in the painting and writing about what they see.  Paul Klee has been quite popular in math; students are looking at A Way to the Citadel and finding all of the shapes and angles.  They then manipulate those shapes to create new works of art!  In Kindergarten Mrs. Wilkins and Ms. Lindy are using role play to get students more comfortable counting.  Students are becoming “fruit salad experts” and have to create a fruit salad using specific numbers of each fruit.