Contemporary Connections

For more than fifteen years, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts has implemented its Contemporary Connections interdisciplinary arts program in Delaware public schools as a vehicle to expose students to the connections between art and other core subjects such as math, science, and the humanities.

For more information contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101 or sware@thedcca.org.


 

Contemporary Connections: Measuring Engagement PDF 

Contemporary Connections: 2010 - 2011 School Year

For more than fifteen years, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts has implemented its Contemporary Connections interdisciplinary arts program in Delaware public schools as a vehicle to expose students to the connections between art and other core subjects such as math, science, and the humanities.

The DCCA partnered with Bancroft Elementary for a fourth time during the 2010 - 2011 school year. In the fall, Teaching Artists and siblings Lisa and Ben Volta collaborated with third and fifth grade classrooms (respectively) to create two window installations. During Lisa’s residency, Ms. Patricia Holland’s third grade learned about scientific experimentation through creatively altering 4”x4” acrylic squares using different materials and techniques. Students assembled the decorated squares to form a curtain that is currently hanging in the school’s second-floor, south-facing windows.

Ben’s residency with Ms. Brandie Stasney’s fifth-grade class integrated art and design into the class’s study of geography. Following discussions of globalization and nationalism, students created work inspired by flag designs and political borders. Their individual work was combined to create a large-scale piece that was displayed in part in Bancroft’s third-floor, south-facing windows and in full in the lobby windows of the DCCA. The piece will be included in an exhibition of Ben Volta’s work at Philadelphia’s City Hall in Fall 2011.

In the spring, we welcomed back Lisa Volta to work with Ms. Mary Rifenburg’s kindergarten class. For this residency, students learned about the properties of paper through the use of various materials, techniques, and methods including origami and printmaking. They later assembled their individual prints to create a large-scale triptych that will remain in the classroom.

Our second spring residency was a collaboration between Teaching Artist Jennifer Polillo and Ms. Tessa Wallace’s third-grade class. Using the unit centered on properties of water, students created several different projects that integrated scientific exploration and creative expression. Some memorable pieces included water-cycle terrariums, an outdoor performance, and a window installation. At the end of the residency, the class put together an exhibition of its work.


 

Contemporary Connections: 2008 - 2009 School Year

During the 2008- 2009 school year, the DCCA paired four Bancroft Elementary School teachers with three professional artists to develop arts-integration units in science and social studies. During the fall semester, artist Heather Pieters worked with Gwen McCants’ 4th grade class on a unit that integrated Delaware history with art.  The students created linoleum block prints and t-shirts that illustrated technological advancements throughout time, as well as key moments in Delaware history. Also in the fall semester, artist Stephanie Beck worked with Tracey Young’s 5th grade class on two printmaking and social studies units, “Cultures of Wilmington” and “Patterns of Our Country.” With Beck, the 5th graders created a collaborative, quilted wall-hanging made from their print designs.  During the early part of the spring semester, artist Jane Chesson worked with Bancroft 1st grade teacher Tessa Wallace to develop a unit that explored U.S. Geography, landforms, and mapping through art. The students made a giant, wooden, interactive floor puzzle inspired  by the modern artist Jasper Johns.  Later in the spring, artist Heather Pieters worked with Tiwanna Bullard’s 4th grade class on a unit that explored science and reading.  The fourth graders learned about color theory and types of landscapes in preparation for the creation of their mural that illustrated stories about the natural environment and weather conditions.  Each class project included a field trip to the DCCA galleries and artist studios and art opening reception at the school.  

For more information about Contemporary Connections or to inquire about participating in the program for the 2011-2012 school year, please call our education department at (302) 656-6466 ext. 7101 or sware@thedcca.org.