Arts­marts fund­ing for Acre­man

Green’s Har­bour school re­ceives fifth con­sec­u­tive grant from Arts Coun­cil

The Compass - - P2011ORTHTE -

Acre­man Ele­men­tary in Green’s Har­bour is one of 37 schools across New­found­land and Labrador — and the only one in the Trinity-con­cep­tion re­gion — to have been awarded fund­ing to take part in Artss­marts projects dur­ing the 2011-2012 school year.

The New­found­land and Labrador Arts Coun­cil re­cently awarded $150,000 in grants for var­i­ous projects, with some $4,400 be­ing al­lot­ted to Acre­man.

Schools ap­ply to Artss­marts for fund­ing to bring pro­fes­sional artists into the class­room to help teach­ers and stu­dents in­te­grate arts ac­tiv­i­ties into non-arts sub­ject ar­eas.

At Acre­man, the project started Oct. 3 and runs un­til Jan. 27. It is ti­tled “Ex­plor­ing Our Cul­ture … On Deck and Be­low,” and wil see the 81 stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Grade six and nine teach­ers work with vis­ual artist Kelly Mcen­te­gartShep­pard to “ex­plore sea crea­tures of the North At­lantic and New­found­land and Labrador cul­ture in vis­ual art as part of their so­cial stud­ies, math, and sci­ence classes.” Here are some high­lights: • Kinder­garten stu­dents will cre­ate 3D clay cre­ations of sea crea­tures found in the North At­lantic that will be dis­played in a fish­ing net.

• Grade 1 stu­dent will make in­di­vid­ual painted silk cre­ations of sea crea­tures that will be sewn to­gether to cre­ate an ocean mu­ral.

• Grade 2 stu­dents will cre­ate 3D clay sculp­tures of puffins that will be com­bined to make a count­ing book.

• Grades 3 and 4 stu­dents will ex­plore fab­ric paint­ing to cre­ate sym­bols and icons that are unique to our prov­ince.

• Grade 5 stu­dents will cre­ate silk paint­ings of out­port com­mu­ni­ties, and will cre­ate an out­port in clay.

• Grade 6 stu­dents will make acrylic paint­ings based on im­agery from tra­di­tional New­found­land and Labrador songs. They will be used as il­lus­tra­tions for a song­book of tra­di­tional songs that will be cre­ated in the school.

“It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see how some schools are us­ing Artss­marts projects to help stu­dents ex­plore broader con­cepts such as so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says Reg Win­sor, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the NLAC.

Artss­marts is ad­min­is­tered in this prov­ince by the New­found­land and Labrador Arts Coun­cil (NLAC) and is funded through the Govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador’s Cul­tural Con­nec­tions Strat­egy — a unique part­ner­ship be­tween the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Re­cre­ation.

Cul­tural Con­nec­tions seeks to in­crease the pres­ence of cul­tural con­tent in the school cur­ricu­lum and foster links be­tween the arts and school com­mu­ni­ties.

Acre­man Ele­men­tary has re­ceived an Arts­marts grant for five con­sec­u­tive years.

Dur­ing last year’s project, Mcen­te­gart-shep­pard taught the chil­dren about the im­por­tance of build­ing and rec­og­niz­ing good char­ac­ter traits to help pro­mote a kind and car­ing com­mu­nity.

In 2009, the stu­dents fo­cused on cli­mate change, and in the past have worked on geo­met­ric shapes and tra­di­tional New­found­land and Labrador out­port life, amongst other sub­jects.

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