Art In Bloom! Visual Artists Exploring Ecology In The City
My students need a variety of art media, including paint, printmaking ink and 3D construction materials, to create artworks that celebrate our school's ecology curricula.
We are a diverse, urban elementary school that has limited financial resources but a strong focus on hands-on, meaningful and rigorous learning. We are a neighborhood fine arts school with a fieldwork ecology curriculum that explores the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and our own school's garden.
Our students are a exciting group of children with tremendous curiosity, unending creativity and a firm sense of making a difference in the world.
The are environmental activists, avid readers and amazing artists. They enjoy all art forms, publish their writing in our District's student newspaper and love their seasonal field trips to conduct environmental stewardship to our city's wildlife preserves and lakefront. Our students are a thoughtful, diverse group of children and they bring their unique insights, experiences and their love of learning to school with them each and every day.
Art In Bloom! will provide the raw materials for our students to create artworks that celebrate environmental stewardship, promote environmental activism and reinforce our school's hands-on ecology curriculum. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will create wet media artworks that share our school garden studies. Second and 6th grade students will create mixed-media artworks that teach others about their environmental activism and the Chicago River. Students in 3rd-5th grades will create a variety of print media that teach others about their prairie reclamation fieldwork. Middle School students will create artworks that share their overall experience of environmental stewardship at our school and their curriculum-based Lake Michigan clean-up efforts. All of these artworks will help inspire others to make personal efforts to help take care of our environment.
"Each one, teach one." Our Art In Bloom!
ecology focused visual art projects and final exhibit does just that...By creating a way for students to share the beauty of our natural environment with others, we build environmental activism through real-world, personal experience. We teach our children that one person can create change and that art truly can change the world!
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