Artsmarts funding for Acreman
Green’s Harbour school receives fifth consecutive grant from Arts Council
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.