From a 2013 Feature from Washington State Arts Commission:
State Art Collection tapped for use in arts curriculum
Art and literacy have melded in a new and interesting way for elementary school children across Washington, thanks to Art Lessons in the Classroom, a K-6 curriculum developed by ArtsEd Washington. Art Lessons in the Classroom features a web portal, accessed from the ArtsEd Washington website, that offers elementary school teachers arts resources and instant access to images of public art from around the state.
Art Lessons in the Classroom aligns with Washington’s education standards for visual art. The lessons included in the curriculum build sequentially on arts skills and concepts from one grade level to the next. About half the lessons also teach literacy concepts.
The teaching resources available through the web portal include videos and step-by-step photos demonstrating skills taught in the lessons. An interactive Teachers Forum provides an opportunity to share ideas and address questions.
The curriculum features more than 80 “masterworks” from many sources, including the State Art Collection (managed by ArtsWA), The Frye Art Museum, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, Seattle Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum. By using Art Lessons in the Classroom, a sixth-grade teacher can show how imagery communicates a visual narrative. For example, They Sailed Away For a Year and a Day, by Cappy Thompson, is a series of colorful glass panels installed at Tukes Valley Primary School in Battle Ground, that shows the progression of a day in a child’s life. Similarly, a kindergarten educator can use images of the wood panel carving, The Upper Willapa Valley, by David Franklin, to show the local history of logging and dairy farming through use of texture in art and story. The carvings are located at Willapa Valley High School, Pacific County.
Teachers who use the curriculum materials note that students taking part in the lessons demonstrate increased engagement and motivation, gain a sense of pride in their creativity, and build their confidence in other learning areas. Writes a teacher from Whitson Elementary in White Salmon: “Now we know that all of our kids get a basic foundation, not just from teachers who like arts. It was always hit or miss before. Now all kids can get the basics.”
To find out more about Arts Lessons in the Classroom, visit ArtsEd Washington’s website.
From a 2013 Feature from 4Culture:
For many elementary students in schools across Western Washington, visual art concepts are coming to life in the classroom thanks to modern technology and support from major art institutions across the state.
ArtsEd Washington’s Art Lessons In the Classroom (ALIC) online portal – an addition to the curriculum launched last year and available to schools via subscription – is empowering teachers with instant access to additional and valuable arts resources to support the ALIC curriculum in the provision of student learning in the arts.
One of the key features of this exciting portal is the inclusion of more than 80 featured “masterworks”, including selections from the King County Public Art Collection, administered by 4Culture, a key supporter of ArtsEd Washington. Other organizations contributing to this unprecedented collaboration of art assemblage include the City of Redmond, Frye Art Museum, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and the state public art collection managed by ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission).
The availability of these valuable visual resources now means that a third grade teacher seeking to use pose and gesture in observational figure drawing can, for example, access Aki Sugabi’s Fisherman’s Morning (part of King County’s Public Art Collection) that visually exemplifies that model. Fifth grade educators teaching their students to use sensory feelings and emotions in their poetry and artwork can use the portal to display Keiko Hara’s Verse from Sea #8, also from the King County collection, which demonstrates the use of color and line to express mood.
In addition to the masterworks, ALIC portal resources also include professional development refresher videos and step-by-step photos demonstrating the skills and techniques taught in the lessons, and an interactive Teachers Forum where educators can share ideas and ask questions.
Specifically designed for elementary schools, the comprehensive ALIC curriculum aligns with Washington’s standards for visual art and includes a series of teacher workshops to support implementation. The set of K-6 lessons (70 in total, with additional learning expansions) builds sequentially on arts skills and concepts from one grade level to the next, and approximately 40% of the lessons are aligned with literacy concepts. Having this type of high quality, standards-aligned curriculum, supported by teacher training, increases capacity in our schools to teach the core subject of the arts, helps to ensure consistency in arts instruction, and provides a ready-to-use and easy to access resource for teachers. Teachers utilizing the ALIC materials note that students taking part in the lessons demonstrate increased engagement and motivation, gain a sense of pride in their creativity, and build their confidence in other learning areas. They report that the curriculum helps teach students that not everyone has to do things the same way.