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A Tasty Art Show: The Student Art Gallery in the McKay School Showcases Food-Inspired Art from Lakeview Elementary

Few people know that some of the most imaginative artwork on BYU campus is housed in the school of education. Colorful drawings line the second floor of the David O. McKay Building in the Student Art Gallery, from cakes that allow you to communicate with dolphins to superhero cupcakes to pizzas inspired by paleontology. Who are these daring artists who experiment with form and push the boundaries of originality? They are the students of Lakeview Elementary School. Sponsored by the Beverley Taylor Sorenson BYU ARTS Partnership, the Student Art Gallery encourages learning through the arts in elementary schools by showcasing…

Chalk Art Festivals and Summer Fun

Liz Brown is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Visual Arts Specialist at Daniels Canyon Elementary and Old Mill Elementary in the Wasatch County School District. During the last week of school, Liz hosted school-wide chalk festivals at both locations. Each class was given a designated area on the school sidewalks to create chalk art. Every student received professional chalk pastels that can be used in unique ways to create pieces of art. Before the students could begin to draw on the sidewalks, they had to learn about chalk pastel techniques. First, Liz had the students practice blending and…

The 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Unites History and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms

On May 10, 2019 Utahans will celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony. The first transcontinental railroad connected the West Coast, rich in gold and other precious metals, to the industrial Northeast and spurred western expansion by cutting the travel time between the West and East Coasts from six months to six days. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met at Utah’s Promontory Summit in 1869, uniting the two main tracks into a single railroad line—the Transcontinental Railroad. To mark the meeting, Leland Stanford, cofounder of the Central Pacific Railroad, added a 17.6-karat gold spike as the…

Moving Through Africa: A BTSALP Dance Specialist’s Experience – Rachel Marie Kimball

Introduction From Ghana to Rwanda, and finally Uganda, I moved and danced with countless souls to the rhythms of cultural heritage. Young and old—male and female—embraced the gift of life in these mortal bodies through dancing with me . . . and nothing could stop us from smiling. The movement of Africa shows that dance can be much more than an educational tool or an outlet for the gifted or troubled—it is a way of life. Overview While in Africa, I did the following: – Worked closely and trained with four dance troupes – Spent quality time teaching dance-integrated and…

The Learning Edge 2017

The Learning Edge Annual Administrator’s Conference took place at the Provo Marriott on November 14, with over 300 principals, administrators, and teacher leaders participating. This biennial conference alternates between focusing on the arts and gifted and talented every other year. The conference theme, The Arts: A Renaissance of Relevance, was chosen by the planning committee to demonstrate the importance of the arts in education and meet the objective of having quality arts experiences that engage students while also connecting to curricular standards. The conference is hosted by the BYU CITES program within the McKay School of Education. Lois Hetland, coauthor…

Robot Rumpus with Elicia Gray

Get Ready for the Robot Rumpus! Elicia Gray’s Students at Lakeview Elementary in Provo City School District Create Robots! Elicia is happy to be able to talk about her diverse group of students at Lakeview Elementary School. Each week she has the unique opportunity to interact closely with more than 800 students, each with different skills and attributes. At the school she has students from all over the globe, many of them speaking English as a second language. In addition, a great number of students come from economically deprived families and do not normally have access to a diverse array…

Pressure to Power: Arts Express 2015

With another successful two days of inspiring presenters, the importance of the arts has been reinforced in the minds of all those who attended the annual Arts Express Conference. This year’s conference was titled “Converting Pressure to Power with STEAM.” Focusing on arts integration with the Utah Core Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, each session featured authentic ways of bringing the arts into the classroom and reinforcing student learning in creative and new ways. Keynote speaker Susan Antonelli, author of the Wonder Teacher blog, helped participants learn about the importance of using science journals to engage students…

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Painting Gala Event

If you have been in the David O. McKay Building on BYU campus recently, you have probably seen this new painting in the middle stairwell. Painting by Robert Barrett, on display in the David O. McKay Building To the casual observer, this 5-foot by 10-foot painting depicts children at play painting, dancing, and playing instruments. However, there is a deeper message and history behind the beautiful image. The mural is to honor the contributions of Beverley Taylor Sorenson and her family. Their philanthropic efforts have created a legacy of increased arts education throughout Utah. Proceeds from a BYU endowment help…

10 Lessons Learned From Arts Bridge

Sunny Leavitt, one of the Arts Bridge Scholars for Visual Arts, shares her experiences on what she has learned from working with Mrs. Shellie Olson’s first grade class. At the end of Sunny’s semester-long project, she concluded her blog writings with a fun description of the ten things she has learned from working with first graders to integrate art into their learning experiences. We enjoyed reading Sunny’s perspective on her Arts Bridge experience and want to share what we gathered from her post: “10 Things I’ve Learned as an Arts Bridge Teacher” 1. First graders will believe anything you say.…

’Tis the Season to be Merry!

The true meaning of “merry“ can be found, but not by snoozing or lazing around. This holiday time, make it your goal to discover real “merry,” which we shall extol:     To a wintery play, you simply must go, and evoke emotional wealth untold. Bring a lover, a friend, or even your mama, to discover the magic unearthed through a drama.     But perhaps you play the piano, my dear, Or enjoy vocal sonnets, sweet to the ear. Either way you will say, “This is quite therapeutic,” As you listen with ease to whimsical music.     When that music plays, oh your favorite song,…

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