As a public arts educator certified to teach art K-12 in the state of New York, I feel it is important to be actively involved in the review process of such a large initiative that could possibly impact the future of arts curriculum within the United States.
Will the core arts standards be mandatory and implemented in every state? This is to be decided by each individual state. At the moment, the standards are in the writing stages and creation/molding process. The public is encouraged to review these standards and give feedback.
Visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com for more information of the draft of the national core arts standards and view the video below for the introduction of the public review of draft.
February 25, 2014: Smithtown Elementary Student Artworks Make a Presence with Fellow Art Students K-12 at the Board of Education Meeting Held at New York Avenue on Tuesday
February 15, 2014: Jazz at Lincoln Center Inspires Art Curriculum Inside the Classroom
Life and teaching collide as well as art imitating life and vice versa as my fourth grade artists are beginning their preparation for their works of art inspired by jazz music.
They are beginning to practice their construction of pop-up jazz accordion books. The structure and form of this art media lends itself beautifully to the expression of movement and free form interpretation found in jazz music. The crafting and construction of the accordion book almost mimics the playing of an actual instrument.
The music of jazz has been interpreted visually through many visual art forms and expressions. Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden are listing but a few of the many visual artists who have created works of art inspired by jazz musicians.
Enjoy some pictures below of my evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center!