New Art Display Cases
The Old Town Triangle Association awarded Lincoln Elementary a grant to purchase display cases. By purchasing display cases, we strive to infuse our school with student work and 1) show the connection between the arts and the "core" content, 2) promote the humanities based curriculum as an integral component of our school culture, 3) as visitors tour the school they learn that the arts are infused in the curriculum in their neighborhood school and 4) promote a positive climate in our school. The grant allowed us to purchase two tall (72") display cases and three counter height (40") display cases,which are located in our middle staircases.
We intend to use the display cases to showcase work from all grade levels, K-8. The focus for these cases will be on 3-dimensional art work, but we may at times include 2-dimensional work, depending on what projects we have to display at any given time. Student writings based on the artwork will be displayed as well. The display cases are a wonderful accompaniment to the artwork that is featured all over the school.
For our very first displays in these cases, we are showcasing three projects done by three different grade levels. Two of our three counter-height cases are filled with mixed-media birds made by one class of first graders. These colorful sculptures, inspired by artist Alexander Calder, are made out of cardstock/paper, collaged magazine pieces, pipe cleaners and feathers. Students made these following a science unit they did on birds. A selection of their written reflections are included in the cases. The third of our three counter height display cases features handmade accordion books by the sixth graders. The covers of the books are done in watercolor and each page explores a different art element captured through photographs taken by the students throughout the school.
Our two taller display cases showcase abstract modernist sculptures made by the eighth graders. Students studied four abstract sculptors from the modernist movement and each created their own free-standing piece using wire hangers, stretched nylon, acrylic paint, and embellishments of wire, thread, beads, etc. Each sculpture is accompanied by a written piece that includes title, description, and artist influences.
Last year we held the 1st Annual Lincoln Art Walk, which was a great success! It was an evening for Lincoln families to come tour the Lincoln hallways, which had been transformed into an art gallery featuring K-8 artwork made throughout the year. Student docents were on hand to give visitors a deeper understanding of the art displayed, as well as there being hands-on art activities. We look forward to the display cases being an important showcase during this year's art walk, which will be held May 8, 2014.
Lincoln Elementary School is extremely grateful to the Old Town Triangle Association for its continued support! Their generous donation allows the school to maintain its vision of promoting a humanities-based curriculum.
The Lincoln School Art Program addresses all the principles and elements of art. The well-rounded program is integrated into the core subject areas.
The program is dedicated to a combination of methods, theories, techniques, aesthetics, and art history. Students use a wide range of materials and processes such as clay, color, sculpture, printmaking, bookmaking, painting, drawing, architecture, graphic design, mosaic, paper making, and fiber arts. In addition to producing art, each technique integrates geography, an historical period, and/or specific artists. The art production process is integrated into field trips and assemblies and extends beyond the classroom and into the home and community.
Our annual Art Fair in May is a special event where all students have an opportunity to display and share their work with the school community. When possible, the Art Department supports programs that bring artists and artwork to the school.
Students may work on long-term assignments that require planning and commitment. Projects offer students choices and allow them to take ownership of their ideas and creative works. As students move from grade to grade, they are taught to look at art with a more critical and more informed eye.