-1-Does Valentine's Day excitement have you feeling blue rather than red? Create a school-wide UNITY event based on the work of Jim Dine and his Hearts series in multiple media for K-5. Tie in with PE, as many schools celebrate Heart Month with different event challenges. Dovetail with classroom teachers talking about the need for good nutrition, and organize a healthy snack day for all. Need ideas? Check out Pinterest under Jim Dine for exciting lessons.
-3-Partner with neighboring school districts and set up a traveling art show of 5-6 pieces that move from school to school. Great way to collaborate for the arts and showcase not only your students, but those in your area!
-4-Using the food theme, combine with a study of Andy Warhol, and do a community service canned soup food drive. Use Andy's Soup Can series and the theme of "You CAN make a difference" and create a sculptural installation of the donations (in a safe area, of course) with recognition for those who contributed, and help stock up the local food pantry at a time of year when things may be scarce. Involve your Art Club, Honor Society, Student Council, or K-Kids (Kiwanis organization for younger students).
-5-Budget time for many is getting close. Schedule a time slot at the next Board of Education meeting, and share with them the interdisciplinary value of art and how you are preparing students with valuable 21st century skills. Bring students along with examples of their work, and invite all of your parents who support the art program!
Again, thank you to Donnalyn Shuster for contributing another terrific Fabulous Five!