Artists in Schools FY18 Season Highlights
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Kendell Macomber at Anne Wien Elementary
Kendell Macomber, a dance teacher and choreographer, worked with 650 K-8th grade students during her week long residencies at Randy Smith Middle & Anne Wien. She taught Hip Hop dance to students including warm-up exercises, choreography & technique. In addition to learning dances alongside their students, she also offered workshops to teachers giving them the opportunity to learn steps & movements that they can now employ in classrooms.
Felix Webbe at Ben Eielson
Felix Webbe, a dancer & former instructor for the Cuban National Dance Company, held 5 week long residencies at schools across the district, including Ben Eielson Jnr/Snr High, Lathrop, North Pole High, West Valley and Woodriver. Students flourished under Felix’s passion for dance as they learned the steps, rhythms, movements & social positions of Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha, Electric Slide, Merengue, Salsa & more.
Iris Sutton at Pearl Creek Elementary School
Iris Sutton completed an all-school residency at Pearl Creek over two weeks, teaching drawing and watercolor techniques to more than 500 pre-K to 6th graders. Iris explored the fundamentals of drawing in proportion and color relationships with students and teachers, using animals and landscape as inspiration.
Jamie Smith at Golden Heart Academy (GHA)
Jamie Smith, a sequential artist, carried out a week long literacy and drawing residency at GHA, the FNSBSD’s school within the Fairbanks Youth Facility (FYF). He taught the school’s 15, primarily minority students who have suffered from trauma, abuse, addiction and/or are dealing with mental health issues, how to create editorial comic strips and gag cartoons. The residency coordinator was very pleased to see the vocabulary & story-telling skills of students grow as they carried out exercises in idea generation & character development.
Mary Maisch at Barnette Magnet School
Mary Maisch taught residencies in puppet-making and puppetry at two schools involving more than 482 students. During her 1 week residency at Barnette Magnet, and 3 week all-school residency at Arctic Light, students in 3rd grade or higher made papier–mâché stick puppets, while younger students made age-appropriate puppets. Students enjoyed their time with Mary, showing great pride in their puppets, bringing each to life creating their own, individual characters.
Margaret Donat at Denali Elementary
Margaret Donat, retired FNSBSD art teacher and mixed media artist, held two AIS residencies. During her week at Denali, Margaret engaged 214 3rd-6th grade students in the design and creation of two projects involving fused glass & porcelain tiles. At North Pole High she worked with 124 art students for 4 weeks on creating a four-part fused glass installation for the school based on the theme ‘Four Seasons in Alaska’. Margaret also offered workshops at both schools to allow teachers and other staff the opportunity to make their own art projects.
Teal Rogers at Ryan Middle School
Teal Rogers, aerial silks & dance artist, completed her first AIS residency teaching aerial silks at Ryan Middle. Over one week she taught 40 6 th-7th grade students, the basic concepts for this creative movement. Teal also demonstrated this beautiful art form to teachers, who were given the chance to have a go themselves.
Susan Grace at Nordale Elementary School
Susan Grace, storyteller & song writer, carried out a 2 week all-school residency at Nordale involving 361 students. She taught 4th-6th graders storytelling and pre-K to 3rd graders creative movement through stories and folk dancing.
Elizabeth Parr at Salcha
Elizabeth Parr, a dancer, carried out a 2 week and one week residency in creative dance and dance integration involving nearly 600 students. At Pearl Creek, her first ever residency, and Salcha she taught all students from PreK-6th grade creative dance concepts and movements. At Salcha, a Title I school, many students had never participated in dance lessons of any kind before. They thoroughly enjoyed learning dance movements from Elizabeth as part of their school’s Healthy Minds & Bodies Program.
Thank you Alaska State Council on the Arts for your continued support of the Artists in Schools Program!