BY Jessica Sassaman-Clemente
Hyannis West Elementary School
To have students explore, challenge, develop, and express ideas, using the arts. Provide a well-stocked art area. Include materials for children to freely access and explore at appropriate times. Students will be able to investigate the elements of Art (color, shape, line, texture, space, value, and form) and apply one or more of the elements of art by creating artwork that shows individuality and expression. This grant would allow me to offer kindergarten students a play-based art curriculum to enhance their art experience. Many of our students have not attended pre-school or are unable to attend pre-school because of the high cost. Not attending pre-school does not allow students time to explore paint, sculpture and drawing at the appropriate developmental stage. My hope is to have kindergarten students have some choice-based art classes where stations are setup which allow students to take charge of their own learning and discovery.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
In order to evaluate the project progress, there will be observations of what choices kindergarten students have chosen. In addition, projects will be created after the choice art classes where students can directly apply the skills learned at the various stations. Each project will have a rubric, evaluating student’s effort level and participation. In order to gauge its success with students we will use student feedback to determine if we will be able to continue this type of curriculum in the future.
Benefit to the students and the school
Receiving the Cape Cod 5 Mini-Grant would allow all of my kindergarten students to take part in an art curriculum that otherwise may have not been possible. With this setup and curriculum, it would make it possible for students to improve their fine and gross motor skills which impacts all of their academic learning. In addition to fine motor skills, I am also hoping that students can develop their dynamic tripod grip when using pencils. Lastly, students will be able to move from the pre-schematic stage of drawing to schematic drawing stage, which has been difficult for students’ due to lack of pre-school.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
-Order Supplies and curriculum book
-Continue station based learning along with project based learning.
-Evaluate fine motor skills.
-Adjust lessons and stations.
April/May-School wide art show