Visual and Performing Arts The Creative Process: All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theater and visual art. Performance: Incorporate various art elements and the principles of balance, harmony, unity, emphasis, proportion, and rhythm/movement in the creation of two- and three- dimensional artworks, using a broad array of art media and art mediums to enhance the expression of creative ideas (e.g., perspective, implied space, illusionary depth, value, and pattern).
Makes sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. GlassRoots Mosaic making and kilnforming include basics in Geometry.
Science: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world. GlassRoots’ scientific vocabulary & terminology taught: gravity, viscosity, temperature, gas/heat, chemicals, mandrel, torch, vermiculite among many others.
Social Studies: All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically and systematically about how past interactions of people, cultures, and the environment affect issues across time and cultures. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions as socially and ethically responsible world citizens in the 21st century. At GlassRoots, mosaic making can be custom-designed to include the history of Classic Roman Mosaics and glass beading in the Flame Shop can include the history of African Trade beads, the principles behind trade beads used as currency.
English Language Arts/Writing/Literacy: All students will write in clear, concise, organized language that varies in content and form for different audiences and purposes. Literacy and Writing exercises at GlassRoots can be customized in collaboration with in-school ELA teacher. For example, existing short writing assignments can be critiqued for descriptive images that can be translated into a mosaic piece. After the mosaic piece is complete, students can write from one to three paragraphs describing the artistic process and how s/he arrived at the final image, design, color and execution. Students can discuss how a written image informs visual art and how a mosaic image informs one’s writing. Haiku, short poetry, and “motto” exercises can be brainstormed, discussed and then written first on paper followed by learning how to translate the writing to glass etching on glass tiles. Students can also work in groups to brainstorm a class motto, dream, belief or message that they translate into a large mosaic to be installed at their school.
21st Century Learning: Making glass art in any of our studios requires students to be able to:
Work in partners or teams
Listen and communicate well, using their bodies and words to do so,
Think critically, observe and solve problems
Collaborate with their peers
Express themselves creatively
Engaging kids in a fully absorbing activity like glass making truly transforms lives by igniting a passion in them, leading them to stay in school, graduate, and be prepared for college or work, thereby fostering life-long learning and creative self-expression.