Arts Integration at Acorn
The arts integration program at Acorn Woodland Elementary began in the 2007-2008 school year, when a local artist collaborated with K-5 classroom teachers to facilitate a final end-of-the-year visual art project that aligned with teachers’ social studies units.
The teaching artist led classes during classroom teachers prep time, offering each class 95 minutes of visual art instruction every other week. Serving over 250 students, the teaching artist worked two full days at Acorn, and collaborated via e-mail with classroom teachers to develop a standards-based arts curriculum that is also linked with Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies units.
The goal for the 2011-2012 year was to continue to provide high quality arts programming for each student at Acorn Woodland Elementary. The funds from Oakland Fund for the Arts purchased basic supplies such as markers, colored pencils, and glue, in addition to materials for more advanced and complex projects, such as glass for mosaics, clay and acrylic paint, and tools for printmaking. With these supplies, students were able to learn new art techniques and processes, growing in their ability to express themselves creatively and visually.