ArtTIME is a federally-funded grant project designed to provide high-quality model arts instruction for students in 3 elementary schools and 2 middle schools in Lafayette Parish.
ArtTIME will be implemented over the course of 4 years and will include on-site programming, field trips for students to local museums and professional development for teachers.
ArtTIME will provide teachers with: professional learning opportunities and training in the research-based curricular program Visual Thinking Strategies.
G. T. Lindon Elementary
J. W. James Elementary
L. J. Alleman Middle
Visual Thinking Strategies
VTS is a student-centered, research-based curriculum that uses art to foster students' capacities to observe, think, listen, and communicate.
VTS asks students to:
- Look carefully at works of art
- Talk about what they observe
- Back up their ideas with evidence
- Listen to and consider the views of others
- Discuss many possible interpretations
For more information visit the VTS website at : www.vtshome.org
Arts Immersion Weeks
ArtTIME has launched Arts Immersion Weeks as a collaborative effort to achieve arts integration in schools by partnering schools and teachers with teaching artists who work with participating teachers to prepare them to utilize the arts in learning across subjects. As part of Arts Immersion Week Year 1 Theme: English Language Arts, poet Darrell Bourque conducted "Ekphrastic Poetry" sessions with ELA and other curricular area teachers at Judice Middle, L. J. Alleman Middle, and at N.P. Moss Middle School. Each teacher was instructed to create poetry inspired by their chosen work of art.
Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else [Paperback]
By: Barbara Hamby, David Kirby
"LA Literature" by Jack Bedell
Above, L. J. Alleman ELA teachers from left: Monique Walker, Starlette Guillory and Jeff Foley with Poet, Darrell Bourque in an ekphrastic poetry session.
Arts Immersion Week: Visual Arts Extension of Ekphrastic Poetry
As an extension of the ekphrastic poetry sessions,visual artist, Jill Tauzin Broussard conducted "Abstract Narrative Drawing" sessions in which teachers were coached to create works of art based on their original poetry. The sessions were accompanied by lesson plans designed to be easily implemented by teachers with their students when teaching ekphrastic poetry.
Left, Colleen Tharpe, L. J. Alleman ELA teacher delights in the abstract narrative drawing that she created in Jill Tauzin Broussard's visual arts workshop while Monique Walker, L. J. Alleman ELA teacher (right) adds the finishing touches to her creation.
Another aspect of ArtTIME Art Immersion Weeks for Project Year 1 were sessions with visual artists in classrooms with teachers and students focused on teaching elements of the English Language Arts curriculum through a visual arts activity.
At Evangeline Elementary, teaching artist, Jill Tauzin Broussard introduced Andrinka symbols from the Ashanti tribe of Africa. Students created block prints from their chosen symbol and then completed a writing exercise related to the printed image.
Shown (right) is an Evangeline Elementary student holding the styrofoam block from which his print was pulled.
J. W. James Elementary teacher, Angie Theriot (right) displays student creations from the lesson with visual artist, Jeni Guidry.
ARTS IMMERSION WEEK at J.W. James Elementary consisted of sessions with visual artist, Jeni Battaglia Guidry for every class from K-4th grade. Jeni worked with teachers and students on the concept of color theory, teaching primary and secondary colors and mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. Students were led to create "Rainbows" of any shape and then to write a statement about their creations.