When professional teaching artists meet one-on-one with students in the classroom, sparks of insight and creativity tend to fly! Such was certainly the case when our Artists in the Schools program brought the lessons of flight vibrantly to life for dozens of Sonoma County second and third graders. Presented in partnership with Pacific Coast Air Museum, students made their own aerodynamic paper airplanes, thrilled to the live theater production of the Wright Brothers Musical Comedy, and actually sat in the cockpit of a T-37 Dragonfly Tweety!
“Thank you for teaching about weight, thrust, drag and lift, to make a plane fly,” said one student. “I learned that the Wright Brothers never gave up until they did it; they flew a plane for 12 whole seconds!”
The Artists in the Schools program places teaching artists into local classrooms for in-depth mini-residencies connected to the Center’s school shows. Students may learn basic acrobatic techniques, hear and play the music of a particular culture, engage in dance and movement activities, or participate in theatrical exercises. By combining hands-on experimentation with theory and using the arts as a dynamic tool for teaching, students comprehend lessons more deeply and retain information longer.
Education programs on sale Wednesday, August 13, 2014 starting at 9:00am.
2014-2015 Artists in the Schools projects coming soon!
Executive Director Rick Nowlin interviewed about Education Through the Arts