We are the Wonder Time Artists from Edison Bethune Charter Academy. The only school in Fresno's West Side who was not in Program Improvement, and HEY.........We always have had the arts!
1616 South Fruit
Fresno, California 93706
Principal Mr. Rodolfo Garcia
Visual and Performing Arts coordinator and Art Teacher
Grades Taught: TK-6th
Inner City School where 100% of our students recieve free lunch
Music and Visual Arts are taught to 100%of the students by specialists. Dance and theater is integrated by classroom trained teachers 100% of all teachers are members of teacharts.org Its a wonderul free resource provided by Fresno County Office of Education's VAPA TEAM
Ending the art studio time isn't just clean up and line up. It is closure. I smile when we do the following activities because often they have found the deeper meaning or see the bigger picture. "Out of the mouths of babes," right? I find their thoughts steeped in poetry and truths. So for ending rituals we do one of two things. We hold "Quaker Circle," where each child says a concluding word or sentence about the lesson, observation, connection, or meaning that theywill take away. Or we do a Kagan Strategy where we form inner and outer cirlces then twalk in opposite ways to music.When the music stops we stop and share our thoughts about the lesson. I have found that it builds relationships, understanding, and a feeling of belonging for all of us.
""Art affords an ideal environment for fostering critical and creative thinking. It provides an object of collective attention—something concrete for a classroom to observe and experience, provoking thoughts and feelings while at the same time generating simultaneous and distinctive meanings.”
Visual Art SRA Art Connections & E Connections
Visual Thinking Strategies, DBAE Getty Curriculum
On February 2, the Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist and author, Peter Buffett performed in Fresno, providing an evening
of music, entertainment and inspiration. The procedes went to benefit arts education programs in the Valley. He visited our art museum and studio and
chatted with 5th grade artists. Students shared with him how using art and supporting artists can make a global difference. They just got done hosting a "Bead for Life," fundraiser for friends in Uganda. During his visit he was with our "Accent on Access" violin program. Not only are we visual artists we are musicians too making a difference in our world.
Thank you AT&T
We used the wiring for our artful galimotos