A post from visual Teaching Artist Yanira Collado. An A4L Visual Arts Residency is a partnership between an A4L teaching artist and a classroom teacher. Twice a week for eight weeks, they will work together to provide children with developmentally appropriate arts experiences that are linked to the curriculum and that foster important skills and concepts critical to literacy and long-term success in school. The Early Childhood program is made possible with support from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs – All Kids Included Initiative.
This is my first time teaching in the
Early Childhood program for Arts for Learning. Working with these
students has been a gift!
The students are very engaged and always so happy to get dirty. It warms my
hart to hear them laugh and make squeaking. sounds like,
” eeeeooooo, its slimy” as they put there hands in paper
mache for the first time. I suppose that’s what it is for me, witnessing
these students experience art for the first time. This Fall the students
are learning there ABC’s. So we decided to create totem poles based
on the alphabet. It is exciting to watch these little
hands make such big works of art. We are getting ready for our
culminating event. The students are making placement decisions and getting
excited. Cant wait to see the ABC Totems up!