Recently, I had the chance to collaborate with the fabulous 8th Grade Social Studies team at my school. As part of their curriculum, they discovered the significance of the landscape artists of the Hudson River School. After a brief art history presentation of the hidden qualities of these paintings, students ventured across the country into the pop-up mini galleries. Using iPads to access QR codes, students compared and contrasted selected works of the portfolios Hudson River School artists and journeyed along the path in which an artist made their plein-air sketches before returning to their studio to paint. Students then used formative and extended their knowledge with a S’More.
Finally, students were challenged to take a photograph that illustrates the style of the Hudson River School artists over their Spring Break.
Every school year it is my goal to hang each students art once. At our school we have six art shows to display and honor their hard work and creativity in the art room. Twice a year our students have their artwork showcased at the local Art Gallery for a district-wide art show. The reception for the Spring Art Show was held Thursday, March 8th. Here are some snapshots of the show, where close to a hundred works of art were on display among the thousands from the elementary schools in the district.