During the 2018-2019 school year, students in White Mountain, Gambell, St. Michael, Diomede, Elim, Unalakleet, Shishmaref, Wales, and Brevig Mission will have the opportunity to work with teaching artists during a two-week long Artist-in-Schools residency!
AIS Residencies are made possible through the generous funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Bering Strait School District.
Diomede School- Kim McNett- Scientific Illustration-September 17-October 1, 2018- Little Diomede, AK
Kim taught nature journaling, including drawing animals, rocks, and plants. Later, we dabbled in water color painting and charcoal and chalk drawing. Much of nature journaling was about the use of pens and pencils to manipulate value. We finished our two weeks with Kim in a huge art show with art games, student showcase, and big presentation. Many students took their art books home or on hikes after school with Kim and drew on their own. To this day, they continue to use their nature journals on their own time. The community really enjoyed the presentation and even watched the students and staff play some fun drawing games. Kim brought additional materials to leave behind, teaching staff how to extend her lessons on nature journaling and use said materials.
-Rob Michaud, Art Liaison and AIS coordinator
John Apangalook School- Eddie Wood- Music & Dance-September 30-October 13, 2018, Gambell, AK
From October 1-12, the Gambell School had the pleasure of hosting Eddie Wood, performing artist. Through Eddie's humor and the element of surprise, he was able to engage all students, and it was a pleasure to hear all of the laughter and see all the smiles as he worked with grades K through 12.
Grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 6 formed rhythm bands and played a variety of unique instruments. Grades 4 and 5 did a movement/sound activity (see teacher in-service below). High School classes had a great time learning partner dance. On the Wednesday of the first week, Eddie held a teacher in-service. He shared musical, non-verbal engagement strategies. Teachers took part in an activity where Eddie played an instrument and had teachers tell how it made them feel, where they were, what they were doing, etc. Then he turned their responses into a short story and had them move to silently act out the story as he once again played the instrument. Sometimes he would stop playing and everyone would freeze. He put all the small stories together with instrument sounds as teachers used movement to tell the story. They also rehearsed with the percussion instruments to do a presentation for our final show.
The final show was well attended with many community members there. Grades K-3 performed as rhythm bands, and some of them did solo performances. Grades 4 and 5 performed their music/movement piece and high school students did partner dancing. Teachers did a rhythm band/movement piece, and the performance ended with high school students asking people from the audience to dance. A 2nd grade student asked me, "Miss Sally, did you invite Eddie here to make us laugh?" Almost all students were completely engaged, even the ones who normally are not engaged much at all. I was especially pleased to see the high schooler's positive response to the dancing, and that they were dancing with students who they normally would not be interacting with at all. The dancing was an excellent way to teach appropriate touch and respect, as well as anti-bullying.
-Sally Grimsrud, Art Teacher and AIS coordinator
White Mountain School- Jim Kaiser- Stained Glass -January 20-February 2, 2019- White Mountain, AK
Over our two-week residency with Jim Kaiser, there were many wonderful activities that took place. When Jim arrived here, we had a staff potluck to welcome him to the community and to the school. This was a very great opportunity for those of us who had not met him before to get to know him more. During the two weeks, Jim also worked with all students, Pre-K through 12th grade. Grades 4-12 each got to work with Jim 5 different times in order to finish their projects. High School students made a mask using stained glass that represented many things having to do with Alaskan culture. Grades 7-8 got to make an art piece using 8 triangles that they cut from glass, and grades 4-6 used four kite shaped pieces. The 2nd-3rd grade class had four classes with Jim, and they were able to make a project with four shapes; a triangle, parallelogram, rectangle, and square. They also finished these early, and were able to do an extra project with Jim that was a gift for the school. Grades Pre-K-1 had 2 classes with Jim, and made their own projects using three shapes; a triangle, parallelogram, and rectangle. It was extremely excited for some of these young students to be able to do such a cool project. All students got to learn new terms, and had fun conversations with Jim. He also held each project up to the light as they were finished so that students could fully see their work, which they really loved.
While Jim was here, he did two community nights were adults from the community had the opportunity to come up to the shop and learn how to make a stained glass piece. Each community member that participated was able to make an art project using 8 triangles that they had cut. Many people had met Jim before, and even remembered doing projects with him when they were young kids in school. There were many stories told, and everyone had a great time. The staff also got an opportunity to learn how to do stained glass, and make their own project. This was done during our half-day in-service, and each staff member made an art piece from four kite shaped pieces of glass. Our final art show took place at night on the final day of the residency. Everybody from the community and other places were invited to come and celebrate all of the artwork that had been done. Lots and lots of people from the community showed up, and there were a lot of smiles as everyone viewed the art, signed thank you cards, and talked with each other. This was a great event for bringing the community together and being able to celebrate the arts.
-MacKenzie Ervin, Art Liaison and AIS coordinator