Our first attempt to support the integration of arts education into the core curriculum went well. In the words of Social Studies instructor who watched the guest artist Amy Godard teach her skills, “Because I watched her, I know I will be a better teacher of art integration in the future“.
Here is a short write up from Hillary about the project:
“Hillary Harper and I (Beth Oehler) teach Science and Social Studies. The terracotta warriors is a part of our Social Studies unit on Ancient China. Students researched the dynasties that occurred between 1766 BCE and 1644 CE, including the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE to 206 BCE). Emperor Shi-Huangdi was China’s first emperor and had 6000 life-sized clay warriors built and placed in his tomb for protection in the afterlife. The archaeological site in Xi’an, China, was discovered in 1974 and is on the list of World Heritage Sites.
Amy Godard brought the terracotta army to life for our students and presented an experience that they will never forget. The sixth graders at Ashland Middle School created their own army – the project was the talk of our spring conferences! With Amy’s help, students learned how to create realistic figurines and how to use the clay effectively so that the statues are sturdy. Because I watched her teach, I know that I will be a better teacher of art integration in the future – now I know how to work the clay and can pass that information along to students for years to come. I imagine this will become a regular part of our ancient China unit from now on. Thanks for providing this experience for our students!” -Beth