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Spotlight: Vickie Fremont in Fordham University @ PS 85X

Noted fashion designer, anthropologist, and recycled materials artist Ms. Veronique “Vickie” Fremont has been an AH teaching artist for over eight years.  Fluent in five languages (French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian), Vickie is a highly effective arts educators for English Language Learners (ELLs).  She has just finished an AH in-school visual arts residency at PS 85 in partnership with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.  Ms. Joyce Griffen, another AH teaching artist who has been working with us since 2009, is also currently working with PS 85 students in a storytelling program.  Joyce is an accomplished actress, jazz vocalist and director with extensive experience in special education.

Arts Horizons is pleased to enter our second year at PS 85 in partnership with the Fordham Center for Educational Partnerships initiative with Community Schools.  This continues a longstanding relationship working with the students and educators at PS 85 that dates back to 2007.

AH’s new program coordinator, Kiran Rajagopalan, visited one of Vickie’s classes earlier in January at PS 85.  Let’s visit one of her classes

accordion-book-and-storyAn “Accordion Book” by one of Vickie’s students

Vickie’s AH residency was aimed at PS 85’s ELL students primarily in grades 3 and 4.  She focused on bookmaking so that students had ample opportunities to practice writing in English.  In the picture above, Vickie is holding some examples of “The Book of Diversity” created by her students using recycled materials such as cloth scraps, beads, and yarn.  Students were also instructed to draw a self-portrait and write on where they come from and how they are learning English inside the books.  This was just one of several books the students made during the residency!  Other projects included:  “The Book of the Favorite Words,” “Book Accordion,” and “Mobile Book.”

Vickie also used her proficiency in Spanish to great effect, and she conducted her classes in both English and Spanish so that communication was clear for each and every student.  Mr. Carlos Torres, a teacher at PS 85, was very appreciative of having an visual arts program for students because it “really makes a difference with academic[s]” as it “engages their creativity and relaxes their minds to learn.”  Vickie added that her residencies are designed to encourage students to “discover the connection between the hand and creativity.”

img_7047-editedStudents at work in PS 85X with Vickie (left) and Carlos (right)

Port Authority Bus Terminal Project Headlined on NYC Dept. of Education Home Page

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On July 10, 2013, Arts Horizons’ Port Authority Bus Terminal Art on the Horizons mural was featured on the New York City Department of Education website Home Page.  It will be shown several times during the next month.  The mural was unveiled on June 19 by Paul King, Executive Director of Arts and Special Projects for the Department of Education, who said that the website feature is “a wonderful tribute to this project.”

Read an excerpt of the “In Our Schools Today” article below:

Port Authority Commuters Treated
to Student Art

Fourth and fifth grade students from PS 94 in the Bronx pointed in excitement when they saw Art on the Horizons, a huge, color-saturated collage measuring 18’ x 6’, hanging in the entrance of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. They created the piece in partnership with students from the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, NJ and the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem.

Click here to read the full story

AH Teaching Artist Wins Governor’s Award

Congratulations Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Kit Sailer on winning the NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education!

Kit Sailer, Winner of Governor’s Award in Arts Education
By Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Jersey City’s Kit Sailer is many things – a carpenter, an educator, a fine artist, and most recently, a winner of the Governor’s Award in Arts Education for her work as a teaching artist.

As a fine artist, the 55-year-old works in periods.

She spent a decade painting, drawing and making prints of sea creatures – everything from seahorses and sea lilies to her favorite, octopuses. Then, after Sailer painted an oil landscape in preparation to teach a class on the medium, she got hooked and has been painting farms, fields and mountains for the past five years. Sailer’s work is a study of natural forms and rhythms.

“I’m very interested in the natural form, the patterns that the natural forms create and movement,” said the Syracuse University graduate. “I love moving, rolling and dramatic compositions like the trees, the farmland and then the fields that are flat and facing south – there’s a pattern and you can see how the land is used impacts the terrain.”

Read more: Jersey City Independent – Kit Sailer, Winner of Governor’s Award in Arts Education

Condoleezza Rice Discusses the State of Arts Education

Tuesday on PBS NewsHour, Condoleezza Rice was interviewed along with former New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein about a new report by the Council on Foreign Relations that examines the connections between education reform and national security. Both Rice & Klein are known for being supporters of the Arts so Jeffrey Brown took some time during the interview to ask  for their opinion on the state of arts education in America. [SOURCE]

See a clip of what Rice had to say on PBS NewsHour

‘Can You Draw The Internet?’ to Support Arts Education in NYC Public Schools

After a successful campaign for Europe’s Internet Week in 2010, a UK-based digital agency, Saint has teamed up with deviantART, ArtWeLove, The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the The NYC Department of Education to bring ‘Can You Draw the Internet?’ (CYDTI) to New York’s Internet Week (June 6 -13). CYDTI is challenging students, creatives and established artist to capture the essence of the World Wide Web on one page.

Submissions are in and from June 6-9, 2011 the Internet Week NY HQ Gallery at Metropolitan Pavilion will include images from famed artists like Seth Indigo Carnes, Shelter Serra, Shaun Friesen, Douglass Rushkoff and Josh Harris as well as the best submissions from CYDTI. Pieces will be available for sale on ArtWeLove.com and all proceeds will be donated to support arts education in New York City public schools through The Fund for Public Schools.

For more information on
Internet Week NY & Can You Draw The Internet?:

Internet Week NY 2011

http://www.internetweekny.com/

Can You Draw the Internet?

http://www.canyoudrawtheinternet.com/

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