Although many worry about the loss of enrichment classes in the age of CSAP, Aurora Public Schools encourages the arts to flourish. In fact, art and music teachers will spend a complete day learning new strategies for taking APS students to the forefront of arts education.
On August 10, more than150 art and music teachers will meet at Murphy Creek K-8 to share strategies, inspire each other and launch new curriculum to ensure that students receive a top-notch fine arts education.
One of the keys to APS teachers’ success is the way they link art to core subjects such as real world math and science. One art teacher had students make masks to creatively express themselves. She then took the project beyond art--by having students study mask making in other world cultures and writing a paper on their own mask-making project. She also had students practice public speaking when they shared their creative process in class.
“We hope that fine arts teachers will be inspired to have a successful year with the use of their new tools and ideas,” said Sue Wagoner, curriculum coordinator. “We all know how important arts education is to students, and we all look forward to being innovative in the new school year.”
The media is invited to talk to teachers on Aug. 10 at Murphy Creek K-8, 1400 S. Old Tom Morris Rd. Aurora CO 80018, from 8:00-2:30 p.m. the media can also visit art teachers in classes after Aug. 15 about the ways they are keeping art alive in APS.
For more information, contact Communication Services at (303) 344-8060, ext. 28015.