Arts Connect Exhibition at BCA

The Integrated Arts Academy residencies culminated in a wonderful exhibition which opened on Thursday May 22nd, at the BCA Center, Burlington VT. All artworks will be exhibited for one week only. There was a formal opening, with introductions by Judy Klima, Arts Coach at the IAA and Melissa Steady, Education Director at BCA. It was a fabulous event and included the work of students in KG through to 2nd grade.
The exhibited work integrated science, social studies, math and literacy with the visual arts.

Arts Connect is a partnership between Burlington City Arts, VSA Vermont, Integrated Arts Academy (Burlington School District), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and Saint Michael’s College.

Rangoli Residency at the Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington VT

For the month of April 2014, I had the opportunity to teach two arts-integrated residencies at the IAA in Burlington, VT. Working with both 1st-grade classes (with teachers Jen Nesson and Alice Patalano,) we integrated social studies and mathematics with visual arts. Focusing on the art of India, we studied Rangoli, even visiting the Tibetan Monks at the Fleming Museum who were in residence for a week creating an intricate sand Mandala. The students were captivated. Having over 6 hours of contact time with each student was a gift–we managed to cover some significant ground–making permanent Rangoli tiles from rice and some temporary group designs.

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I also had the opportunity to work with Stephanie Decarreau’s 2nd grade class. The arts-integrated focus was on mathematics and visual art and again, Rangoli proved to be a wonderful vehicle for leaning about shapes, angles, symmetry and pattern.
Choosing to make a ‘stained-glass’ wall-hanging, the students worked together to create some beautiful designs and experimented with group Rangolis. All work will be exhibited at the BCA Center–the opening will take place on Thursday May 22nd, 4-6pm.

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