A Cross-Age, Project Based Learning History & Arts Project Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School 2018-2019
The History Stories—A Cross-Age, Project Based Learning History & Arts Project brought artist and arts educator Cathleen Micheaels together with Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School (AVJ&SHS) social studies and history teacher Nat Corey-Moran to collaborate on planning and delivering a project based learning, integrated history and arts project with the two 7th grade World History classes during the 2018-2019 school year. The project built on the highly successful History Stories project carried out during the 2017-2018 school year and focused on the wide range of historical eras and periods students investigate and learn about in their 7th Grade World.
History classes including the classical Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations, the rise and fall of Rome and Byzantium, the rise and spread of Islam, classical West African civilizations, ancient China and Japan and medieval, renaissance and enlightenment Europe. The History Stories project engaged students in researching, writing and creating children’s books about historical figures and events to then share with younger students at Anderson Valley Elementary School (AVES) through a Reading Buddy exchange. Students worked in teams to research a historical figure or event they were investigating and learning about in 7th grade World History classes and then wrote, designed, created and illustrated age-appropriate children’s books.
Topics included how ancient twin Mayan brothers discover cocoa and then how their mother accidently mixes the chocolate into her famous atole recipe; a young boy born in a West African family of griots or jalis (musician storytellers) who grows up to be a famous drummer; a poor girl working in a castle in Medieval Spain who steals the king’s treasured round of manchego cheese to help her hungry family; a young orphaned boy in feudal Japan who is adopted by a monk and becomes a samurai; a French pastry chef who needs to impress King Louis XVI in Paris so he creates the famous macaron while he is teaching the king’s son young Louis Joseph to bake; an Incan princess who refuses to marry as her father the king of Cuzco wishes so she runs away into the high Andean mountains and becomes an ice maiden.
Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts) has been dedicated to supporting arts in the AV community through funding arts programs in our schools and awarding student scholarships since 1999. This past year AVArts supported visual arts sessions which brought ceramics, paper mâché, drawing and painting to K-6 students at AVES, multicultural dance sessions with the junior high school P.E. classes and the History Stories Project which engaged AVJH&SH U.S. History class students in researching, writing, illustrating and creating original storybooks for K-2nd graders. As AVArts depends on community participation and support, we’re reaching out to personally invite you to help support us through making a tax deductible donation to AVArts.
Help AVArts in continuing to bring diverse, quality supplemental arts programs to Anderson Valley schools that would otherwise not be possible and to award scholarships to deserving students (this past year a $5,000 scholarship was awarded to AVJH&SH graduating senior Cozette Ellis to attend the University of California, Davis to study graphic design and art) by mailing us your tax deductible donation. Checks made out to Anderson Valley Arts can be mailed to: AVArts, P.O. Box 20, Yorkville, CA 95494. For more information or to be added to our mailing list to receive our annual update letter send an email request to: contact@AV-Arts.org. Thank you for supporting us in any way you are able to—your generous contributions are essential in helping AVArts continue to promote and support thriving arts experiences and opportunities for all students in our community!
Karen Altaras, Peggy Dart, Paula Gray, Dennis Hudson, Glynnis Jones, Lauren Keating, Xenia King, Cathleen Micheaels & Jody Williams
On behalf of Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts), AVArts President Paula Gray awarded a $5,000 Arts Scholarships for Graduating Seniors to Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School senior Cozette Ellis on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the high school Senior Awards Night ceremony. Ms. Ellis, daughter of Melinda and Jeff Ellis of Boonville, will be attending the University of California, Davis in the fall and focusing her studies in graphic design and art. AVArts wishes Ms. Ellis a year ahead full of discovery and continued creativity and inspiration as she furthers her education.
AVArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit made up of volunteer members dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in Anderson Valley since 1999. We generate our funding primarily through volunteer events and depend on community participation and support. AVArts provides scholarship support to graduating students pursuing further education in the visual, performing, literary and multimedia arts and also to students in 3rd to 12th grade to attend arts-related classes, workshops and events. AVArts also supports bringing diverse, quality supplemental arts programs to Anderson Valley schools that would otherwise not be possible. The scholarships and arts in the schools programs are made possible by the generous support of local artists, educators and supporters of the arts in Anderson Valley and beyond. AVArts welcomes donations, ideas and involvement from the community. For more information about AVArts and its programs see http://www.av-arts.org.
A Cross-Age, Project Based Learning History & Arts Project
Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School
The History Stories—A Cross-Age, Project Based Learning History & Arts Project brought artist and arts educator Cathleen Micheaels together with Anderson Valley Junior & Senior High School (AVJH&HS) Social Studies and History Teacher Nat Corey-Moran to collaborate on planning and delivering a new project based learning, integrated history and arts project with 8th grade students during the 2017-2018 school year. The project focused on the historical time periods of 1492-1900 students were investigating and learning about in their 8th Grade U.S. History class andengaged students in researching, writing, illustrating and creating children’s story books to then share with younger students at Anderson Valley Elementary School (AVES) through a Reading Buddy exchange with the Kindergarten and 2nd grade classes.
To read more: AVJH&HS History Stories Making Learning Visible 2017-2018
Another very sweet and FUN Family Arts Night which was a big success with a full house and a final count of 135 families and children. Thank you to all our who participated, all our volunteers and the Anderson Valley Education Foundation for generously funding this event!
Anderson Valley Arts (AVArts) has been dedicated to
supporting arts in the Anderson Valley community
through funding arts programs in our schools and
awarding student scholarships since 1999.
Through the Arts in the Schools grants, Special Arts
Related Scholarships and Art Scholarships for Graduating
Seniors, AVArts provides arts opportunities for
Anderson Valley elementary, junior high and high
school students which would otherwise not be
possible. To learn more about AVArts programs and
scholarships check out our September update by
clicking on “News” on our website at http://www.av-arts.org.
Help support us in continuing to support powerful and
exceptional arts programs and scholarships for AV
students through making a tax deductible donation to
Checks can be made out to Anderson Valley
Arts and sent to P.O. Box 20 Yorkville, CA 95494.
Most appreciatively, AVArts:
Karen Altaras, Peggy Dart, Paula Gray, Dennis Hudson,
Glynnis Jones, Lauren Keating, Xenia King,
Cathleen Micheaels, Terry Ryder & Jody Williams
AVArts received an award of $2,000 from The Amy Ensign-Barstow Memorial Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation to support the AVArts Arts in the School Program grants in the Anderson Valley schools for the 2017-2018 school year—many thanks to The Amy Ensign-Barstow Memorial Fund for this award which helps AVArts support a diverse range of arts programs at both the elementary and junior and senior high schools!
Two AVArts Scholarship Program recipients, AVHS graduate Julia Brock and AVHS Senior Hannah Woolfenden, sent their thanks for scholarship awards they received during the 2016-2017 school year:
From Julia who received a $5,000 Arts Scholarships for Graduating Seniors to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography at Columbia College Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA:
“Dear AVArts, Thank you SO much for your large scholarship! I am beyond touched—and it was such an exciting surprise at graduation! I cannot explain how much your support means to me, and I am very grateful for your help in paying for college. I promise to make you all proud at film school. Before graduation, paying tuition without going into serious debt seemed out of reach, but now with all the scholarships, my dreams can come true without worry! Thank you so much Love, Julia Brock”
From Hannah who received a $1,600 Special Arts Related Scholarship to cover tuition for her participation in the American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 four-week summer intensive in Austin, TX:
“Dear AV Arts, I just wanted to thank you for the generous scholarship you gave me for attending American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in Austin, Texas. I had an amazing experience and feel like I have grown a lot as a dancer. I got to take four dance classes a day, Monday through Friday, and two classes on Saturdays. At the end of the month we got to perform a short piece from a ballet called Raymonda. I had such a blast learning and getting stronger over the course of the intensive. Thank you so much for helping me attend such an amazing program and for helping me grow as a dancer. Hannah Woolfenden”