The first Wednesday of March is celebrated around the world as World Read Aloud Day. Skyline Middle School joined forces with the community to make our second annual A.R.T. (Art-Read-Think) Day a huge success. Books with an art or music focus filled the day helping us to celebrate Youth Art Month and Music in our Schools Month.
Teachers were invited to join us to hear stories all day long and several teachers said students asked to attend!
The smiles on faces show what an impact sharing stories can make when we take the time to read aloud.
Thank you to our special readers included: Superintendent Kizner, Mayor Jones, Council Member Shearer, JR Snow, Principal Glick, Assistant Principals Long and Zahner, Jteremy Aldrich, DJ Brandi Lindsey, teachers Ron Ornstein, Kelsey Bass, Deborah Figliola, Jessica Pyle, Sandra Parks and myself.
My students looked at the Reproduction of Butterfly, Caterpillar, Moth, Insects, and Currants by Jan van Kessel and the work of John James Audubon. After discussing the art, the observation and documentation in the pieces students were challenged to observe and document insects, plants or birds of their choice. In a perfect experience it would be wonderful to bring animals in for life observation but we chose to research and use resources found online. Students chose animals/insects that they were interested in learning more about and completed a basic informational profile before starting their drawings. Students were encouraged to look closely at multiple images and captured the colors using watercolor pencils. Students gained observational skills and they all finished with a great sense of pride in their artistic creations. Check out some of our works on Artsonia.