This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.
Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Heather Minnebo
School: West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics
What makes your classroom special? In my art room students are encouraged to learn about themselves, their peers, their community and the world through engaging in the art making process. My lessons are designed to teach students to see connections between art and their other areas of learning including math, English language arts, science and social studies. My goal is to provide students with an environment where they are excited to explore new ideas, experiment with new techniques and materials, hone skills (in all disciplines) and make art that has meaning to them.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? In my art room students practice creative thinking and build problem-solving skills. They learn what it means to be a part of a classroom community where ideas are shared, constructive criticism is given and received and collaboration is vital.
What special project is your classroom working on now? Every class is working on different projects. Many of the classes are working winter themed art including Mixed Media Penguins, Mixed Media Snowmen, and Winter Cityscapes. The older kids are working projects such as Illuminated letters in illustration class, printmaking in the Introduction to Art class, and Infinity tiles in the Math of Art class.
How is your classroom involved with the community? We have our annual week-long Festival of Arts every spring where artists from our community and further afield come into our school and teach our students about their art. We also participate in local art contests, and hold two art exhibitions in the Grand Haven Community Center each year.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I hope my students will continue to see themselves as creative, innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Armed with these beliefs and skills as well as a love of learning, my students can tackle any goals they set themselves now and in the future.