Camp Create kicks off Arts Integration Academies at Berkman, Wells Branch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Berkman and Wells Branch elementary school students began their summer with visual arts, theatre, music and dance at Camp Create, which kick-started the campuses’ transition into Arts Integration Academies (AIA).

Camp Create, held June 6-9 at Berkman and Wells Branch campuses, immersed students in interactive arts classes and gave participants the opportunity to explore their talents in the arts.

“Camp Create was an engaging opportunity for students to participate in summer arts enrichment and be a part of the creative process,” Fine Arts Director Lisa Roebuck said. “We are excited to kick-off the Arts Integration Academies at Berkman and Wells Branch and know this is just the beginning of powerful engagement in the arts that will be a part of these campuses.”

Each campus hosted four arts classes. “Cartoon and Comics” and “Hero’s Quest” challenged students to write and illustrate their own comic books and “Once Upon A Time” worked with students to write their own play, make costumes, build a set and perform with friends.

The “Zootopia” class invited exotic animals, like a kangaroo and an arctic fox, into the classroom and taught student artists how to draw, paint and sculpt different animal characters.

Berkman and Wells Branch will transition into AIAs for the 2016-2017 school year in alignment with the three goals of the district’s Strategic Plan — Goal 1: We will implement, enhance and support innovative teaching and learning models; Goal 3: We will provide open opportunities, staff training, communication and flexible programming to eliminate any disparities in expectations or achievement amongst our students; and Goal 5: We will design our schools by creating flexible programs and learning environments.

Arts integration is an approach to teaching based on the belief that learning is actively built, experiential, evolving, collaborative, problem-solving and reflective. Through the AIA model, students at Berkman and Wells Branch will demonstrate their understanding of academics through an art form. Students will engage in a creative process, which connects an art form and another subject area, meeting evolving objectives in both.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZyb3VuZHJvY2tpc2Quc211Z211Zy5jb20lMkZmcmFtZSUyRnNsaWRlc2hvdyUzRmtleSUzREttMzl0WCUyNmF1dG9TdGFydCUzRDElMjZjYXB0aW9ucyUzRDAlMjZuYXZpZ2F0aW9uJTNEMSUyNnBsYXlCdXR0b24lM0QwJTI2c3BlZWQlM0QzJTI2dHJhbnNpdGlvbiUzRGZhZGUlMjZ0cmFuc2l0aW9uU3BlZWQlM0QyJTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjIxMDAlMjUlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI2MDAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMm5vJTIyJTIwc2Nyb2xsaW5nJTNEJTIybm8lMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]