|Hancock Elementary is proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for our Artist in Residence Program this year! Our artist this year is Stella Pope Duarte, an accomplished author and expert creative writing instructor. She is also a university professor and teaches English and creative writing for colleges, universities, and community centers working with students of all ages. She is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker, and a favorite keynote speaker for audiences of all ages. You can learn more about our artist at http://www.stellapopeduarte.com.|
Ms. Duarte will be working with the entire school with a focus on the 3rd Grade! The residency begins on Monday, April 21 and continues until Thursday, May 15. The residency will conclude with a final event featuring an all-campus Art Masterpeice Art Walk and Creative Writing Classroom Performances by the 3rd Grade. Watch for more information in May and Contact Mr. Landon with any questions!
Hancock Elementary is proud to announce that we have received an Artist in Residence Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts again for our annual Artist in Residence Program. Our artist this year is Trish Hawkins. Mrs. Hawkins is a former public school art teacher and is an expert in clay and ceramic art. She worked with the entire school with a focus on the 3rd Grade. Students first learned to shape and form their own clay creations using professional clay-sculpting tools. The second phase of the project involved painting the projects and adding finishing touches. Students learned proper sculpting and painting by incorporating professional artistic techniques.
Mrs. Hawkins and Hancock students presented a Ceramic Art Walk on Thursday, May 16, between 5:00 and 7:00 PM in the Hancock MPR. This event showcased our students by class as they shared their ceramic sculptures and art work from Art Masterpiece lessons throughout the year. It was an amazing success and the art work was awesome. Check out the photos below from the night:
The Artist In Residence Program is designed to immerse the entire school and community into the culture of a specific nationality or style. A local artist is chosen the previous year during the grant-writing process. The residency itself includes an introductory performance for the school by our artist. Then, our artist visits the school every day for four weeks presenting sessions to each class in the school. Usually, a core grade is chosen as a "focus" grade and receives more sessions. During the sessions students usually learn about the artist and their culture as well as authentic music, dance and songs related to the culture. In addition, students usually create art work that is displayed at the end if the residency. Finally, there is a culminating performance for the public by our artist that includes the core grade level.
Parents and community members are welcome to join the planning committee to offer input and their help with this exciting program. If you have any questions, suggestions or just a simple comment, feel free to contact Mr. Landon at 480-883-5913 or check Landon Land for more information and updates. Thanks for your support!