The EcoArts residency, known as Arts EnviroChallenger in Tacoma School District, provides relevant learning for PreK-5 students to infuse visual arts and environmental science. Students learn about the Five R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect, and Responsibility—and make high quality art projects using materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill.
Each residency consists of four one-hour classroom visits by a master teaching artist who guides students in creating treasure from trash, excites students about being stewards of their environment, and designing “EcoBots” to save the environment.
Arts FUNdamentals is a K-5 drawing and design program. The scaffolded curriculum teaches the foundational elements of art and principles of powerful design, as well as the skills of close observation, drafting, envisioning, reflecting, and revising that are the cornerstones of the creative process. Guided by a master Artist in Residence, teachers and their students engage with a wide range of media to practice 21st century skills and learn how to express ideas visually. It is a three-year program and includes a half-day of professional learning for teachers.
For information about bringing EcoArts or Arts FUNdamentals to your school, contact
Meg Hannan, Senior Program Coordinator, Arts Education