Through the generous support of the Maryland Arts Council and other community partners, several local schools recently utilized Arts in Education Grants to offer Artist in Residence enrichment opportunities for Talbot County Public School students.
5th Grade students at White Marsh Elementary School participated in “It’s Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab” with the Future Makers. This program was funded through the Talbot County Arts Council with support from the Maryland State Arts Council and Paris Foods Corporation. Students invented kinetic electromechanical creatures with distinct personalities. They drew coded character sketches, decoded the work of their peers, and developed their designs into 3-D creatures. Finally, they brought them to life with motors, LED lights and electrical circuits. Through this project, students explored color, line, shape, form and kinetic elements. All students were able to take their robots home after a culminating creature dance party.
Victoria Vox, a professional musician and ukulele player, taught 5th grade students at Tilghman Elementary school how to play the ukulele. The workshops took place over the course of a week, and were funded by the Talbot County Arts Council with support from the Maryland Arts Council, the Tilghman Area Youth Association, Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation with support from the Dock Street Foundation and an anonymous local donor. Students learned classic pop songs like “Lean on Me,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and “Hound Dog” and performed a concert for their classmates and parents at the end of the week.
Chapel District Elementary School 5th graders worked with Visiting Artist Sue Stockman to create a nature scene mosaic that will be placed in the school courtyard as a gift to their school community. The Talbot County Arts Council also funded this program, with support from the Chapel District PTO, and it has been a tradition at the school for many years.
“The Artist in Residence programs have made it possible for our students to experience enrichment in the arts in unique and innovative ways,” said Dr. Marcia Sprankle, TCPS Fine Arts Curriculum Supervisor. “This would not have been possible without the support of the Talbot County Arts Council and other generous community partners. We are grateful for these terrific opportunities!”