“Watercolor and Watershed” Grant Award for EII Students with Bryan and Susan Perrin.

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Recently, the GW Elementary School E II students were awarded a grant to host a project called “Watercolor and Watershed” with artists Bryan and Susan Perrin out of Stone Ridge, NY.

Students were introduced to at least 3 different watercolor application techniques, color blending, paintbrush skills, paper qualities and image composition through hands on projects based on a curriculum exploring local and living watershed ecosystems. The project was taught over 3-4 classroom or art-room sessions. The artists gave a prep/ training session with participating teachers.

“Goals will be measured by the variety of work created and the discussion generated during the workshops with the artists and in classroom activities developed with the teachers. These may include essays, journaling, hypotheses/conclusion style papers and the like. Students can present learning in a school-wide assembly, with each participant sharing something different that they learned and the finished work can remain in their classrooms and/or the school as a teaching tool before going home with the students. An art exhibit with an opening event will be hosted by the school for parents and the community.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. GWES will provide space suitable for project (art room or other classroom with access to sink) and the following arts supplies for each student: watercolor paper (ideally 2 or 3 of varied grades), plain paper, watercolor paintsets, brushes, sticks(harvested from nature or purchased), twine.

Bryan and Susan Perrin are teaching artists who run a small nature and arts center. Bryan is a watercolorist and environmental educator with a lifelong interest and research in aquatic and nature studies. Susan is a multi-media artist using and reusing objects from our environment- both urban and rural.”

 

The Arts are Alive in Ms. Pam Ruzzo’s Classroom

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“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.”
—Plato

Ms. Pam Ruzzo’s classroom is alive with music.

“As part of a whole education children of all ages should have the possibility of self-expression through music.┬áMaria Montessori did many musical experiments with very young children. They noted the positive neurological effects of organized motor activity through rhythmic movements. Modern research has also proved the value of allowing children to explore movement and sound separately. This is very effective in helping those with speech, hearing or visual-motor difficulties.”

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