Art Educator | Tatanka STEM Elementary | Buffalo, Minnesota
Our school became a STEM school about 5 years ago. I started at this building 6 years ago and my head was full of ways to connect the arts to the science and engineering curriculum. At that time, we had a school wide theme called 10,000 Lakes. It was an interesting challenge to connect this theme through art. I was happy to learn about the State Fish Art Contest at a local convention and was excited that there was an authentic learning opportunity for the 4th and 5th graders (and fit perfectly into our school-wide theme).
My approach to the contest is different depending on their grade level. My 4th graders learn about watercolor pencils the first part of the school year. We practice this new medium and pick our fish. They have drawing lessons on fish making before getting watercolor paper and trying it on their own. I am always impressed with how they take on this new challenge independently and make beautiful fish pieces. Read More…