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Aesthetics and Art History Resources
Must-See Sites for Art Teachers
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Must See Art Sites for Students
UPDATE: McCarthey-Dressman Educational Foundation Renews OnSite/Insight for 2008-2009! Please click HERE for updates on our 2008-2009 projects! You can still access our 2008 projects by clicking on the orange "OnSite/Insight" in the title bar above.
Cooperate...Conceive...Create! These are the vibrant ideas brought to life in a one-of-a-kind arts initiative bringing students together from across the city. On Site/Insight teams visual arts students from nationally recognized Grady High School with students from the newly formed Carver School of the Arts and M. Agnes Jones Elementary School. Funded by a $7,000 Academic Enrichment Grant from The McCarthey-Dressman Foundation, with extensive support from the High Museum and Art Access, On Site/Insight teaches high school students from diverse backgrounds to bridge social, racial, and personal differences by working towards a common goal: improving academic achievement through mentoring 5th grade students in the arts. In Phase I, 81 students from Grady and Carver studied at the High Museum, analyzing masterworks from interdisciplinary, technical, formal, and philosophical perspectives. Then these students devised individualized learning experiences for elementary students, showing them how these themes become concentrated and distilled through different aesthetic languages. In Phase II, students use their new insight to design five community-based, site-specific artworks that are being unveiled at this year’s Invitational Art Education Fair.
Our 2009 OnSite/Insight Schools: Carver School of the Arts, Grady High School, Washington High School, South Atlanta High School, Fickett Elementary School, M.A. Jones Elementary School
The McCarthey Dressman Educational Foundation is dedicated to serving students and teachers in developing interests, strategies, and skills needed to enhance society. It was founded by Sarah McCarthey and Mark Dressman, professors at the University of Illinois Champaign, in recognition of the struggle educators too often face in bringing truly exceptional teaching to their students. Ever-tightening budgets and skyrocketing costs now make it more difficult than ever for educators to introduce new programs and projects to children who need them most. To that end, the McCarthey Dressman Educational Foundation awards grants and scholarships to those projects and/or initiatives with significant potential to augment the educational experiences for youth of all backgrounds. The McCarthey-Dressman Foundation awarded two grants to Mr. Raymond Veon, one for student academic enrichment and the other for teacher development, for each of the following school years: 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. www.mccartheydressman.org
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This project is an extension of our On Site/Insight program that emphasizes integrated creative experiences with students having diverse abilities and disabilities.
Creativity (n): an over-arching process that orchestrates how we learn, think, and respond to generate new insights, original products, and to transform the ways we structure the world. Specifically, it is an executive cognitive process that coordinates metacognitive strategies, higher-order thinking skills and affective responses through extended durations of open-ended imagination, speculative inquiry, and the rigorous forging of an idiosyncratic worldview.
We often take creativity for granted, forgetting that it is a demanding, long-term process requiring concentrated periods of instructional time. Yet the unique educational value of the arts is found in the creative process, through which students go beyond being cultural consumers to producers of cutural and intellectual milestones.
The Interface Method is an intellectually-based model of the creative process that is coordinated with and extends Bloom's Taxonomy. For more information, please follow this link.
Third and second grade students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary School recently had artwork on display at the State Russia Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of the exhibit is "My Favorite Museum," and our students chose to share their enthusiasm for the High Museum of Art with their Russian friends. We are proud of our students for representing the United States in this exhibit! Six of our students were included in the printed exhibition catalog, and all students received certificates signed by the Director of the State Russia Museum. Please click here or on the above link to see a slide show of our students' incredible artwork.
A Video Overview of the Fine Arts in the Atlanta Public Schools:
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The Invitational Art Education Fair
A Masterpiece of Learning
The Interface Method of Creativity
The Intellectual Necessity of The Arts
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