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Artful Teaching

Mrs. Schellenberg & Young Artists

If you'd like to donate to our Visual  Art Education Program. please contact Edison Bethune Charter Academy, Fine Arts Program Fresno, California (559) 457-2530

Ralph Waldo Emerson's  Poem:             Success-     to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know  even one life breathed easier because of you.

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Thank you AT&T

We used the wiring for our artful galimotos

Duncan Ceramics, Thank you! With your help and friends of the Fresno Art Museum 's  support, every child created a tie-dyed T Shirt. You made our world brighter!

Fresno County Office of Education, WE THANK You for the opportunity to create with clay!

Thank you Mr. Bullwinkle and Fresno County Office of Education for awarding us with a grant to purchase a kiln and clay supplies. We are so happy and grateful!

Love Mrs. Schellenberg & Young Imagineers

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Free K-6 Lesson Plans 

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Welcome Friends. I’m Cheryl Schellenberg, an art integration specialist, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator and nature lover and these ...are my 570 creative imagineers Tk-6th

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

 

(559) 457-2530

Principal Mr. Rodolfo Garcia

 

Visual and Performing Arts coordinator and Art Teacher

Cheryl Schellenberg

C.sche@myebca.com

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 

Our Mission

Wonder Time Arts is committed to connecting people to art and nature.

Through a wide variety of engaging classes, exhibits, community projects and annual events, Wonder Time Arts desires to create opportunities for imagination, original thought, collaberation and reflection.

The young Wonder Time Artists share their works to express who they are and what they think and feel as well as shed light on the importance of nature.

We strive to understand the historical and cultural contribution of the arts and issues the world faces, so we can be a voice that contributes to a healthy future, making a difference one brush stroke at a time.

Our Lessons

Second Grader's Sun Flowers, Water Color

What We Do

Young artists participate in themed based lessons that are related to their core curriculum ,  other forms  of art,  and  nature.

 

How We Do It

We use  

a variety of mediums including:

 

Materials found in Nature

 

Art Journaling

Book making

Watercolors

Tempera

Acrylic

oil pastels

chalk pastels

 

Mixed media collage

Fiber arts

Clay

Printmaking

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Ritual

Upon entering the art studio, students practice a beginning class ritual of "drawing a still life." After  four minutes they get up from  their seats  and walk around the  room to view the works. We call this our "Walk About," time.Once they return to their table groups  they share their observations  with each other .  They reframe from using terms such as good or bad, but instead speak about the elements, principles, and expressive qualities, using the language of art.  This ritual   helps them see different points of view and a chance to learn from  each other. They become the teachers and they give advice to each other. In just seven short minutes, they experience creativity, community, and critical thinking.

Ending Ritual

Closing Circle

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. 

Visual Thinking Strategies are used to "read," the art.

""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.”

  • What's going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can we find?

Standard Based Curriculum

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.

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