Emerald Ridge art show features talented artists
UPDATE: Emerald Ridge artists present to UW Tacoma
Posted on 01/25/2018
UPDATE: Emerald Ridge artists present to UW Tacoma

This is an update to the story below,
which was previously posted on January 5.






Emerald Ridge studentsEmerald Ridge students visited the UW Tacoma on January 24 to present their art and discuss the project with education classes. The "Celebrate the Masters" art show was held at Emerald Ridge on December 12.

The UW Tacoma encourages new teachers to consider how lessons can be expanded with some simple accommodations.

The trip included a visit to the Children's Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.





"We had such a great time. We did the museum tour, had
lunch and presented to the UW Tacoma classes.The teacher that
invited us reported that our visit initiated a great discussion
once we left. Students had questions about the field of special education.
The kids were nervous, but did an awesome job. Yeah!!"
Emerald Ridge Librarian Nancy Glen

Emerald Ridge students


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Emerald Ridge art show features talented artists
(story published January 5, 2017)

The goal was to find appropriate lessons that were engaging for students in three special education classes at Emerald Ridge High School. The result was a spectacular ‘Celebrate the Masters’ art show held at Emerald Ridge on December 12.
 

And that’s just the beginning.

The student artists have been invited to take their art show on the road to University of Washington Tacoma in January where they will use public speaking skills as they present their art to UW Tacoma education classes.

art history lesson
The art history project began with a conversation between Emerald Ridge librarian Nancy Glen and teachers Aunna Colter, Brenda Schrader, and Stacy Jackson. As the librarian, Glen provides lessons to students throughout the school on resource selection, literature skills, and computer usage.

They wanted to design a lesson for the special education classes with curriculum which included research skills, history lessons, fine and gross motor skills, math (measurement, shape, and design), and working both independently and with a group.

The combined classes studied artists Hans Arp, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Faith Ringgold, Joseph Stella, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and Pablo Picasso. During the six weeks of lessons each student created an art project which was framed and displayed during the show.

“THE TEACHERS AND PARAEDUCATORS SUPPORTED THE KIDS ALL THE WAY. THEY CAME UP WITH CREATIVE WAYS TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES.”

EMERALD RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIAN NANCY GLEN 

Nearly 25 student artists presented their work and answered questions for parents, staff, and administrators during the show. The art was displayed at the school throughout the week.

Nine of the students will visit UW Tacoma on January 23 to present their art. The field trip opportunity has been expanded to include a visit to the Children’s Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.

The UW Tacoma encourages new teachers to consider how lessons can be expanded with some simple accommodations.


Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us