Second and third grade students from Newhall Elementary School stood awestruck in the halls of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Monday afternoon.
The students were viewing their completed artwork on display in the hallowed halls of the school that Disney built – the school for the performing and visual arts.
Part of a fall 2016 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) afterschool program between the elementary school and CalArts students, the artwork involved two groups completing a collaborative course and creating innovative artwork together.
“The students did a tour of the campus and they were in awe,” Newhall Elementary School Principal Jane D’Anna said. “In the end they all got a card written to them from their student mentors.”
With CAP, CalArts students create lessons plans for visual arts workshops at the elementary school that encourage drawing, color, sound, collage, writing, object making and other experimental practices.
Through the program, Elementary CalArts students gained hands-on teaching experience in a community context and Newhall School students explored their innate creativity to design projects.
The benefits of the partnership are two-fold: CalArts students learn approaches to pedagogy while Newhall Elementary School students engage in critical thinking skills.
At the end of the partnership, students came together for an exhibition called “Luminous Worlds: The Art Pilots Exhibit” at the CalArts campus. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, 3D artwork and wooden art pieces from the students and their CalArts mentors.
Parents and school administrators also traveled to CalArts to support the students and view their work on display.
The “Luminous Worlds: The Art Pilots Exhibit” be only display until Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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