Located in Allston, MA, the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) is a full-service community school currently serving over 400 students in grades K1-8.
This is ARCK’s third year at the school. Currently we are working with a group of 5th and 6th graders as well as a group of 7th and 8th graders. As part of GPA’s arts enrichment program we are focusing on building up our students visual art skills while showing artistic examples and content to align with the academic and curricular timeline of multiple grades!
In the 2013-2014 school year, ARCK taught visual art classes every Friday for 1 hour for 36 weeks at the GPA. Our Friday Arts Program served as an integral and critical component of GPA school’s objective to provide a quality education for their entire student body that includes engagement in weekly art instruction. The arts have served to bridge cultural differences, to teach their students cooperation, to learn arts literacy skills and to provide a creative avenue for personal expression.
The Tobin is an extended services K-8 school in Roxbury, MA. We are working with the 5th grade class and working to incorporate learning themes and subject matter in connection with their academic curriculum. We are talking about all of the cultures and different communities our students identify with and making connections to new and different ones as well! Currently, we are discussing the Universal Doctrine of Human Rights and bringing in specific articles to each art lesson!
The Blackstone is located in the South End of Boston. We are working with the 1st grade class and using our art classes to focus on Latin American artists and foundations of literacy. We are also bringing in themes and content aligned with the first grade learning themes and academic curriculum outline.
At Red Oak, we are piloting our first after school program with 4th grade students from the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. This program focuses on STEAM and uses Minecraft in conjunction with technical drawing and exploration of design concepts through visual art exercises to expand on students’ understanding and capacity for math, science, technology, engineering and visual art skills!
The Kennedy Elementary School is in the West assignment zone of Boston Public Schools and is located in Jamaica Plain, MA. ARCK taught visual art classes to all 2nd and 3rd grade students over the course of the 2013/2014 school year. Additionally, ARCK has been leading an exciting collaborative project with MIT D-Lab students to incorporate technology and design into a 5th grade writing classroom.