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Teachers as Artists: Get to Know Jennifer Purdy

Jennifer Purdy has seen firsthand how art changes lives. Now, Jennifer is helping to change more lives by mentoring educators who are bringing the arts to their students. Jennifer is a BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team member, the program coordinator for the Arts Integration Endorsement class, and works to make sure educators learn basic art skills, learn how to teach the arts and encourage arts leadership in schools and communities.   Jennifer began taking piano lessons when she was five years old. “I had a variety of teachers, but my piano teacher, Lucille Wilson, taught me how to love music, to…

Teachers as Artists: Get to Know Cindy Clark

“The arts make the world worth living in and help define purpose.”   Cindy Clark, BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team member, visual artist, singer (in the shower), piano player and teacher, works hard to ensure that teachers and future teachers feel comfortable and successful with the visual arts.   Cindy is currently helping participants in the Arts Integration Endorsement classes to get more comfortable with an art form. For example, everyone in the class recently played with watercolors in their personal sketchbooks. “We talked about sketchbooks/journals, and used watercolors as background or borders for our journals,” Cindy said. “Plus, we threw in…

M ‘art’ ch Madness

What Is M ‘art’ ch Madness?Do you know anyone between age 5 and 18 who would love to win a pair of AirPods? That’s what K-12 students may win by entering our M’art’ch Madness competition! Sponsored by the Arts for Life Utah initiative and the professional arts organizations across the state of Utah, M’art’ch Madness is a multidisciplinary art competition that invites students to submit a work of art on the theme Arts for Life. Submissions from drama, dance, visual art, music, and literary arts are accepted. How Do I Get Started? We created prompts to help get the creative…

Arts Bridge Scholar: Jessica Jensen at Brookhaven Elementary

The Power of a Name: There were so many benefits to simply learning student’s names that I would implore future arts bridge scholars to make this a priority! Set aside a few minutes at the beginning of each class to learn and remember each of the student’s names. They will know you care about them, focus, and understand you as a teacher so much better. This semester I had the opportunity to participate in the Arts Bridge Scholar program. I was placed at an elementary school in Eagle Mountain where I taught 6th graders dance while integrating some of their…

Arts Bridge Scholar: Mattie Davis at Brookhaven Elementary

I am a Dance Education major and this semester I taught sixth graders at Brookhaven Elementary. During my time at Brookhaven I saw a couple of different teachers and classrooms, as I rotated classrooms every couple of weeks. Because of this rotation, I had the opportunity to revisit my lessons and revise them to create an even more effective program. My lessons focus on dance concepts based on the B.E.S.T. (Body, Energy, Space, Time) principles. I strongly believe that teaching dance to children has many benefits that carry into their lives outside of the classroom. Dance helps students develop kinesthetic…

Arts Bridge Scholar: Deanna Nielson at Brookhaven Elementary

My name is Deanna Nielson. I am an Art Education major, and I will be completing my student teaching next semester and plan to graduate in April 2021. This is my third semester being involved in Arts Bridge, and I love this program. I have really enjoyed teaching, having fun with the students, and learning from the teachers I have worked with. I believe that visual art is an extremely beneficial aspect of education, so I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help elementary teachers integrate art into their classrooms! Sixth Grade Mrs. Sweeney’s class has been learning…

Arts Bridge Scholar: Emmalynn Pace at Brookhaven Elementary

I had the privilege of being a dance Arts Bridge Scholar at Brookhaven Elementary school for the past couple of months. I was nervous about teaching kids by myself, as this was my first experience doing so. I quickly learned from my first- and second-graders, however, that kids are so non-judgmental and forgiving. They are eager to participate, please, and conquer the next challenge. My Arts Bridge experience this semester has been extremely informative in changing my teaching practices for the better and helping me understand the complications and beauty of integrating dance into the classroom. The first thing I…

Truth Telling

Image: Navajo Woman Weaving, Navajo Reservation, Arizona 1985. Sue Bennett, Photographer I walked into my living room a while back and saw my nephew’s sons (whom I call grandsons and they call me grandma) using my late mother’s Navajo spindle and batten as swords, chasing and chasing each other around the room. I stopped them both and said, “These were your Grandma Daisy’s weaving tools, and now they are mine to take care of. They are not swords but are tools for weaving rugs.” I brought out several rugs that their great-grandmother had woven and showed them how the tools…

Congratulations to the Arts Integration Endorsement 2018-2020 participants!

Last week, sixty-six elementary school teachers completed the BYU ARTS Partnership’s Arts Integration Endorsement Course. The two-year program provides training in the arts, aesthetics, arts education, and arts integration. Participants expressed pride, joy, and accomplishment as they shared their personal journey in the arts. Excerpts from homework assignments and final sessions (held via Zoom) demonstrate how deepening their experience with the arts changed these teachers’ perspectives and level of engagement, as well as inspired a creative approach to teaching. “The arts were an absolutely refreshing break from the regurgitated methods of other professional development programs. Because of what I learned…

Bringing More Arts to Elementary Students

Local reporter, Laura Giles, is currently earning an Arts Integration Endorsement through the CITES office at BYU to bring more arts to her elementary students. We appreciate her commitment to arts education and her voice in the community. Read the article here: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/education/art-in-school-yes-it-s-important/article_23f127eb-dba1-5741-84db-f70b84daedbf.html

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