Service Learning and Outreach

Service learning and outreach is an important component of ART325, EDUC466/ART326 and the art education program at Colorado State University. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience in the classroom.

Service Learning sites and activities include:

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School

Polaris is an experiential, child centered school for children kindergarten through seventh grade. Here students are challenged to make the connections between the classroom and the outside world. Learning is hands-on, minds-on. Polaris is a place where kids are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, and develop a love of learning.

Currently, at Polaris, teachers often teach content through integrated units. Integrated units center on a main learning target (water) from the state and district standards, and include a variety of content areas to learn about the target (learning about water through science, art, music, writing, etc). Units are made up of multiple lessons that are taught to lead students to the main learning target. Often, at Lab, the units include some type of field experience that complements the unit (water testing at Poudre River) and also integrate identity, interaction and inquiry.
CSU art education students teach art each Friday morning at Polaris. The art work created by Polaris students is exhibited at the end of each semester for students, teachers, parents and the community to view. Below are websites that document the learning in art students at Polaris engage in over the course of the semester.

Polaris blog sites for 2017 semester include:

K: Julie’s Class

1: Denise’s Class

2-3: Brittany’s and Tamara’s Classes

4-5: Alicia’s and Tom’s Classes

 

Polaris blog sites for 2016 semester include:

K: Denise’s Class – http://kindertimetravel.weebly.com/

1: Julie’s Class – https://artspeaksletslisten.wordpress.com/

2-3: Brittany’s Class – http://joelandlaurenpolaris.weebly.com/

2-3: Tamara’s Class – http://2ndand3rdpolarisart2016.weebly.com/

4-5: Alicia’s Class – http://expeditionaryartpolaris.weebly.com

4-5: Tom’s Class – http://polarisart2016.weebly.com

 

Polaris blog sites for 2015 semester include:

K: Julie’s Class – http://kreativekindergarten2015.weebly.com

1: Denise’s Class – http://kand1Culture.weebly.com

2-3: Brittany’s Class – http://polarisarted.weebly.com

2-3: Tamara’s Class – http://2and3ExploreWithMe.weebly.com

4-5: Alicia’s Class – http://Meghanandrachelexpeditionaryartunit.wordpress.com

4-5: Tom’s Class – http://creativethinkinglab.weebly.com

 

Lab School blog sites for 2014 semester include:

K-1: Julie’s Class – http://k1Julie2k14.wordpress.com

K-1: Denise’s Class – http://knjteachart.weebly.com

2-3: Brittany’s Class – http://superartroom23.weebly.com

2-3: Tamara’s Class – http://twothreeartwithme.wordpress.com

4-5: Alicia’s Class – http://artedufall.weebly.com

4-5: Tom’s Class – http://selfdiscoveryart.wordpress.com

 

Lab School blog sites for 2013 semester include:

K-1: Julie’s Class – http://k1discoversarted.wordpress.com/

K-1: Denise’s Class – http://kelseyabbyart.wordpress.com

2-3: Brittany’s Class – http://csuteachesart.wordpress.com

2-3: Tamara’s Class – http://chart23.wordpress.com/

4-5: Alicia’s Class – http://steampunked.weebly.com/day-5.html

4-5: Tom’s Class – http://steampunked.weebly.com/day-5.html

 

Lab School blog sites for 2012 semester include:

Julie’s Class: http://k1creativeconnections.wordpress.com/

Denise’s Class: http://kindergartenart326.wordpress.com/

Brittany’s Class: http://2nd3rdart.wordpress.com/

Tamara’s Class: http://polarisart2and3.wordpress.com/

Tom’s Class: http://fourfiveartalive.wordpress.com/

Alicia’s Class: http://bbjart.wordpress.com/

 

Lab School blog sites for 2011 semester include:

Julie’s Class: http://creativekindergarten.wordpress.com/

Denise’s Class: http://flywilzeikuseduc466art326.wordpress.com/

Brittany’s Class: http://art326mollyandkara.wordpress.com/

Tamara’s Class: http://tamarascrew.wordpress.com/

Karen’s Class: http://45imaginaryanimals.wordpress.com/

Tom’s Class: http://artofstories.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/once-upon-a-time/

 

Lab School blog sites for 2010 semester include:

Julie’s Class: http://jayeandjenna.wordpress.com/

Brittany’s Class: http://thovak.wordpress.com/nice-to-meet-you/

Susan’s Class: http://coryannalabschool.wordpress.com

Karen’s Class: http://pedagogicalspace.wordpress.com/

Tamara’s Class: http://kkmtamara.wordpress.com/

Tom’s Class:  http://csuarteducation.wordpress.com/

Jennifer’s Class:  http://labschool56starlabranson.wordpress.com/

 

Artistic Abilities

ARTISTIC ABILITIES is a nonprofit organization committed to creative expression for all, serving individuals with or without disabilities in the Fort Collins area. The intent of ARTISTIC ABILITIES is to support people with disabilities in finding ways to express themselves through art. The creation of art can be fun, but is also a serious form of personal expression.The mission of ARTISTIC ABILITIES is to help build community and to foster socialization among all artists. Art Education students teach ARTISTIC ABILITIES students each spring semester at Colorado State University. You can visit the ARTISTIC ABILITIES website at: http://artisticabilities.org/ and the spring 2012 Artistic Abiliities art class website at: http://artisticabilities2012.wordpress.com/?ref=spelling

Spring 2013 / 3D class – http://3dexpressionscsu.wordpress.com

Spring 2013 / 2D class – http://csuservicelearning.wordpress.com

Spring 2014 / 2D class – http://artisticablities.wordpress.com

Spring 2014 / 3D class – http://3dartisticabilities.wordpress.com

Spring 2016 / 2D class – https://artisticabilities2016.wordpress.com/

Spring 2016 / 3D class – http://artisticabilities3d.weebly.com/ 

 

Putnam Elementary After School Art Club

The Putnam Art Club is an after school art program where students get to explore the world of art through creativity, expression, questioning, problem posing and problem solving. CSU art education students introduce Putnam students to a variety of media, processes and tools as well as concepts and historical and contemporary art. The art club meets on Tuesday’s from 3:30 to 5;00 p.m. in the artroom at Putnam Elementary.

The art club is part of Club TRES. Its mission to to provide expanded academic and enrichment opportunities to students. Club TRES is designed to provide students with an opportunity to:

-Learn in a safe environment with positive adult role models during the after-school programs

-Socialize with peers in a healthy manner

-Receive support with literacy, math and science

-Engage in enriching activities that may otherwise be unavailable

-Become active members in their community. You can see what the students are doing in the art club by visiting: http://putnamartclub.wordpress.com/2010/09/

 

Community Connections

Poudre School District’s Community Connections program is designed for students with developmental disabilities, and prepares them to live a fulfilling life as adults. CSU art education students teach weekly art classes that allow Community Connections students to explore art materials, processes and tools. Exploration and inventiveness are encouraged and fostered during the artmaking process. This semester students will meet on Wednesdays from 10:15-11:45.  In this program students will use both 2-D and 3-D materials while exploring self-expression as well as self discovery.

The first two weeks will focus on 2-D materials.  The students will be making Self Portraits in any 2-D medium they choose to work with.  This lesson is designed to give students a chance to explore various 2-D materials and tools.

The last three weeks will cover 3-dimensional design and students will explore the difference between form and function.  Students will be introduced to an organization called YaYa.  YaYa is a New Orleans based group of young artists from the inner city that use their art to express themselves in a constructive and lucrative way.  One of the projects that YaYa did was “Story Telling Furniture” where each artist painted a piece of furniture with a story.  We will be doing the same basic project.

You can follow the progress of the Community Connections students by visiting: http://sachimi.wordpress.com.

2013 – http://ccart2013.wordpress.com

Spring 2014 – http://communityconnectionscsu2014.weebly.com/

Spring 2016 / Community Connections and Fossil Ridge –  spring16servicelearningCC.weebly.com

 

Cooper Home

Cooper Home is a collaborative effort between students, parents and the community to assist students in moving toward natural supports within the community and the work site while fostering independence.  Students ages 18-21 who are currently receiving services through PSD Integrated Services and demonstrate transition needs in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are eligible. Students must be interested in community based education and have completed their credits required for graduation prior to entering.

Art classes for students in the Cooper Home program provide students with the opportunity to explore and experiment with materials and techniques in a varity of art experiences. The spring 2012 program will explore three-dimensional art and culminate with an art exhibition. More about the class and what students are engaged in can be found at: http://www.cooperhomeart.wordpress.com

Spring 2014 – http://artcooperhome2014.wordpress.com

Spring 2016 – cooperhomeartblog

 

BRAINY: BRinging Arts INtegration to Youth

Spring 2016http://brainycsu.weebly.com/

BRAINY is a program of the Colorado State University Art Museum with assistance from the School of the Arts departments of Visual Art and Music, Theatre and Dance. BRAINY was conceived to provide arts opportunities for students from Title 1 schools in northern Colorado.

BRAINY is meant to 1) introduce students to the arts, 2) demonstrate the role the arts play in our community and culture, 3) demonstrate to students that the arts can be part of leisure and/or academic pursuits (with connections to other academic subjects), and 4) bring students to a university campus.  BRAINY intends to support and implement the findings of Critical Links and state standards in art, music, theatre and dance, as well as, as standards from all other disciplines.

Students, teachers, and administrators are highly complimentary about the program. One principal writes:

“I am writing to thank you for providing the opportunity for the fourth grade students to participate in Project Brainy. When our classes returned, our teachers immediately came to me to tell me that this was the best field trip they had ever experienced. They were especially pleased with the organization of the day and the ability of the presenters to adapt their content to the interest and skills of fourth grade students. Our fourth grade students have been animatedly talking about the different sessions they experienced. They were also very grateful for lunch!

Theycame back with stories on one particular student who is extremely shy and reserved.  This student rarely participates in a large group setting, especially when a situation is unfamiliar to her. The students and teachers said it was amazing to watch this particular girl moving without hesitation along with the rest of her group during the dance unit.

ArtMuseumThe majority of our students do not have the opportunity to experience art, music, theater and dance beyond their instruction at school. Currently, almost 70% of students qualify for free and reduced meals, with over 50% of students qualifying for free meals and living in true poverty. This field trip not only allowed them to expand their knowledge and experience with the arts, it gave them a chance to visit Colorado State University and get a glimpse of what higher education can be. Thank you so much for this phenomenal educational experience!”

Through the BRAINY program, art education students are provided an opportunity to design and implement museum activities for schools visiting the Colorado State University Art Museum. Responses to the museum experience has been positive. Elementary students comment:

“We learned that art museums can be art themselves. I liked the art scavenger hunt!”

“I learned a lot about the arts. The poster hunt in the museum was fun. Thank you for  the bus, lunch and sketchbooks.”

” I liked looking at art in the musum. I want to go to school at CSU.”

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