Putting Their All into Analyzing Art

Students from Lakes Elementary School use their bodies to measure the perimeter of an artwork near the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (courtesy photo)

Fourth-graders from Lakes Elementary School in Rockford used ArtPrize as a way to analyze art as well as brush up on academics. They were assigned five pieces of art to focus on, and filled out work sheets about the works.

Their assignment incorporated math (by measuring the perimeter), social studies (by locating on a map where the artist was from) and literacy (by writing their own captions for each piece). When they returned to school they shared their understanding of the art and highlights from the outing. The excursion was led by teachers Amanda Glass, Bree Bowen and Kristin Hubner.

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.


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