Arts Integration transforms learning in Portland classrooms through The Right Brain Initiative

Recently, the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Right Brain Initiative published a School by School report on the arts integration programming that they brought to life for Portland area students during the 2012-13 school year. Serving 11,500 students K-8 classrooms across six school districts, The Right Brain Initiative coordinated 206 artist residencies in three counties. Each residency was collaboratively designed by Right Brain teaching artists and school staff to integrate the arts into standard subjects like science, math, language arts and social studies.

Arts integration is widely recognized as a critical component of a complete arts education, complimenting (but not replacing) the certified arts instructors in Portland schools now funded by Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund. The Right Brain Initiative is an excellent example of what is possible when artists, arts organizations and schools come together to teach our children. Arts education investments like these will only grow as RACC develops a new Access Grant program for schools and non-profits with additional funds from the Arts Education & Access Fund.

Here is an overview of Right Brain’s activities in ten Portland schools last year:

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buy herbal xanax Beach School with Caitlin Shelman:  6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Beach’s language immersion program learned the art form of silk screening in a residency taught in Spanish by visual teaching artist Caitlin Shelman. Students learned about the use of visual messaging in creating propaganda and then created their own silk screen designs to represent these concepts. buy clonazepam mexico Hayhurst School with Tears of Joy:  With Tears of Joy, Kindergarten-2nd grade students at Hayhurst created puppets based on a world folk tale, and then wrote an original line for their puppet based on their understanding of the story. They performed the adapted folk tale with their puppets in front of their peers and family members.

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James John School with Amy Steel and Alice Hill:  Kindergarten through 5th grade students worked with Amy Steel and Alice Hill to create a mixed-media mural and installation that reflected social studies content appropriate for each grade level. For example, 3rd graders connected visual art to the study of their neighborhood.

King School with Julie Keefe:  King Kindergarten through 5th grade students explored photography with teaching artist Julie Keefe. Kindergartners used photography to share personal comparisons to animals, using the text Quick as a Cricket as an inspiration.  The 1st and 2nd graders expanded upon their IB unit about neighborhoods, exploring the roles they each play in their neighborhood, what they enjoy in their neighborhood and through interviews with local community members (including former King students) a better sense of the dynamic make-up of their own local neighborhood.  The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students used photography as a springboard to figurative writing.

King School with Portland Art Museum:  Grades 6-8 participated in the Portland Art Museum’s Object Stories project.  Using narrative writing and storytelling, students explored objects of personal significance as well as objects of art during two visits to the museum.  While at the museum, students recorded oral stories about their personal objects in the museum’s Object Stories’ booth.

Lewis School with Jan Abramovitz:  At Lewis, Kindergarten-2nd graders worked with movement specialist Jan Abramovitz on a residency designed to give students and teachers strategies for focus.

Lewis School with Northwest Children’s Theater and School:  Grades 3rd-5th worked with Northwest Children’s Theatre to integrate literacy and social studies content with theater games and the dramatic arts.  Each grade level had a different focus: third graders wrote and performed their own myths; fourth grade focused on specific Pacific Northwest Native American legends; and fifth grade wrote scripts that coincided with their study of Early America.

Markham School with Oregon Ballet Theatre:  While working with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Kindergarten through 2nd grade students at Markham explored body control, space, time/musicality, communication, collaboration and problem solving through dance movement.

Markham School with Oregon Children’s Theatre: Read, Write and Act:  3rd-5th grade students worked with Oregon Children’s Theatre and their Read, Write and Act program to write a script based on their understanding of a story and then performed a staged reading of their script for their peers.

Sitton School with Sarah Ferguson:  All Sitton students worked with Young Audiences teaching artist Sarah Ferguson to explore using clay and collaborating to create a mural that reflects their study of geography, world cultures and flora/fauna.

Vestal School with Karie Oakes:  Karie Oakes, of Young Audiences, worked with Vestal’s Kindergarten through 4th grade classes, a multi-age Lifeskills classroom, and an 8th grade to create various ceramics projects that were linked to core subjects throughout the various levels. Students also used writing to help connect the dots between their individual clay pieces and their integrated curriculum.

Vestal School with Sarah Nagy:  4th through 8th grade students worked with Young Audiences media artist Sarah Nagy to create group claymation films that reflected their sense of identity and personal interests. Through this process, students learned about themselves as individuals, but also how they fit into the larger community of their classroom and school.

Whitman School with Portland Taiko:  Whitman’s Kindergarten through 3rd grade students learned about Japanese Taiko drumming and the three core values of Portland Taiko—respect, cooperation, and perseverance.  Students reflected in journals throughout the residency, furthering their understanding of the concepts and context learned while drumming.

Whitman School with Northwest Film Center:  4th and 5th grade students worked with Art Specialist Keri Piehl and the NW Film Center on a filming project entitled “Mapping Me, Mapping You.”  This semester-long, innovative residency began with students considering their personal histories and how to represent them in all 2-D forms: pencil drawings, watercolor, and ink. From there, students created “personal geographies” and filmed their history as a short film. Students learned stop-animation techniques and worked in pairs to create their own films. The project concluded with students learning interviewing techniques and interviewing each other about their hopes and dreams.

Woodlawn School with Oregon Symphony:  Woodlawn Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade students attended four performances by Oregon Symphony musicians and then participated in storytime back in the classroom with musicians from the orchestra.  Students learned musical skills such as rhythm, melody and pattern, gained a greater exposure to music and connected their musical understanding to math, reading, writing and other cultural experiences.

Woodlawn School with Portland Taiko:  3rd and 5th grade students built on the skills they learned last year during this second year of a residency with Portland Taiko.  Their learning this year was focused on developing students’ confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience.

Woodlawn School with Rick Meyers:  4th grade students learned resourcefulness and creativity while experimenting with string, music and dance with Rick Meyers of Young Audiences.  Connecting with their study of the Oregon Trail, students demonstrated an understanding of the different experience of recreation while on the trail vs. recreation and entertainment option available to them today.

Woodlawn School with Oregon Children’s Theatre:  The 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Woodlawn learned about theatrical speaking skills through Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Loud and Clear program.  Students took these presentation skills and used them to enhance the speeches that are part of their language arts work samples.

The vision of The Right Brain Initiative is to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the region’s school districts. The Initiative is a collaboration among educators, parents, artists, local governments, business leaders, and donors who are working to achieve this vision in an equitable, systemic, and sustainable way. RACC serves as managing partner of the program.

To watch or read Right Brain’s inspiring Manifesto or learn more about the Right Brain Initiative activities at school districts across the region including Corbett, Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, North Clackamas, Oregon Trail and PPS, click here. To learn more about bringing Right Brain to your child’s school, e-mail the Right Brain Initiative Outreach Specialist, Rebecca Burrell.