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Open Doors

Frayser 5x5 Mask-Making Project

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Third-grade students at Frayser Elementary enjoyed a mask-making project.  Students read and discussed  When Turtle Grew Feathers , a Choctaw Native American version of  The Tortoise and the Hare . We then used CelluClay, a papier-mache goopy substance, to make the base of their masks.  Basing our mask characters on North American animals in the Southeast U.S., we then designed our masks on paper and wrote a short statement about why they chose that animal.  Then, to the painting and enhancement of the masks… We used paints, yarns, cut paper, raffia and feathers to add character, interest ferociousness, silliness and accuracy to our painted mask forms.  Voila! The masks were sent home to live on the walls of the students’ homes.

Third-grade students at Frayser Elementary enjoyed a mask-making project.

Students read and discussed When Turtle Grew Feathers, a Choctaw Native American version of The Tortoise and the Hare. We then used CelluClay, a papier-mache goopy substance, to make the base of their masks.

Basing our mask characters on North American animals in the Southeast U.S., we then designed our masks on paper and wrote a short statement about why they chose that animal.

Then, to the painting and enhancement of the masks…
We used paints, yarns, cut paper, raffia and feathers to add character, interest ferociousness, silliness and accuracy to our painted mask forms.

Voila! The masks were sent home to live on the walls of the students’ homes.

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Open Doors, Mural

Rangeland Mural

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"Better Starts Now" is what the students from Rangeland Elementary hear over the loudspeaker frequently - words of wisdom from their principal, Dr. Kiggins. So when it came time to brainstorm about their mural project, the 4th and 5th- grade Rangeland Lions decided to play with the words "Stars and Starts" and roared into action.  With direction from their fearless teacher, Taylor Uttley, and LVA educator Annette Cable, the students drew big lions, little lions, caring lions and brave lions lying under a blue sky-filled with stars.  Withe all the snow days, our 8-week project turned into a 12-week project, but with brushes and house paints in hand, the artists painted and helped each other finish their mural with tons of PRIDE!

"Better Starts Now" is what the students from Rangeland Elementary hear over the loudspeaker frequently - words of wisdom from their principal, Dr. Kiggins. So when it came time to brainstorm about their mural project, the 4th and 5th- grade Rangeland Lions decided to play with the words "Stars and Starts" and roared into action.

With direction from their fearless teacher, Taylor Uttley, and LVA educator Annette Cable, the students drew big lions, little lions, caring lions and brave lions lying under a blue sky-filled with stars.

Withe all the snow days, our 8-week project turned into a 12-week project, but with brushes and house paints in hand, the artists painted and helped each other finish their mural with tons of PRIDE!

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Open Doors

Self-Portraits Inspired by Chuck Close

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Open Doors instructor Katy showed high school students at  JCPS   Uspiritus-Brooklawn School  various examples of  Chuck Close ’s paintings from his career. They had learned how to mix colors and different ways to use their brushes. They drew self-portraits, as they saw themselves, and were to make grids of approximately two-inch squares. They applied bright colors of their choice and utilized said technical skills they have learned. They used acrylic paint and graphite on 22x30 inch paper. They were allowed freedom to deviate if they chose.  Special thanks to Fund for the Arts'  Arts for Kosair Kids®  for their generous support of this project!

Open Doors instructor Katy showed high school students at JCPS Uspiritus-Brooklawn School various examples of Chuck Close’s paintings from his career. They had learned how to mix colors and different ways to use their brushes. They drew self-portraits, as they saw themselves, and were to make grids of approximately two-inch squares. They applied bright colors of their choice and utilized said technical skills they have learned. They used acrylic paint and graphite on 22x30 inch paper. They were allowed freedom to deviate if they chose.

Special thanks to Fund for the Arts' Arts for Kosair Kids® for their generous support of this project!

Open Doors

Price Water Towers

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Fourth graders at Price Elementary are collaborating in small groups to design and construct their own unique Water Towers. This is the first day of construction - recycled materials, art supplies, a lot of imagination, and trial and error make for a fun and different learning experience.  The project is sponsored by the Water Co. Foundation and the Fund for the Arts. The project also includes a field trip to the Water Works Museum and a Family Fun Day event at the Water Tower.

Fourth graders at Price Elementary are collaborating in small groups to design and construct their own unique Water Towers. This is the first day of construction - recycled materials, art supplies, a lot of imagination, and trial and error make for a fun and different learning experience.

The project is sponsored by the Water Co. Foundation and the Fund for the Arts. The project also includes a field trip to the Water Works Museum and a Family Fun Day event at the Water Tower.

Mural, Open Doors

Kerrick mural

Another  mural  is beginning to go up, this one at  Kerrick Elementary School ! We'll be posting updates as the kids keep working to complete this magical project.  Thanks to  Fund for the Arts' 5x5 program  for giving these kids such a great opportunity!   Photo by  @kerrickarts    UPDATE: Here's a fantastic picture shared with us by the Fund for the Arts! Great shot, Fund!

Another mural is beginning to go up, this one at Kerrick Elementary School! We'll be posting updates as the kids keep working to complete this magical project.

Thanks to Fund for the Arts' 5x5 program for giving these kids such a great opportunity!

Photo by @kerrickarts

UPDATE: Here's a fantastic picture shared with us by the Fund for the Arts! Great shot, Fund!

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