Stone Arches and IAA

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Sometimes an opportunity comes our way that we just can’t resist. This seems to happen a lot at IAA lately as we become more and more known for learning through the arts.
Last week our fourth and fifth graders were able to join an art installation in progress at St. Michael’s College. We paired up with St. Mike’s Education students, and assisted artist Thea Alvin as she created an enormous stone archway on the campus grounds. Thea Alvin is a stone mason who has been working with rocks for over 30 years. Her work reminds one of the much loved work of the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Our students learned a bit about the physics involved in this kind of sculpture and then worked in teams to create their own small stone arch. See the snapshot page for visual details. Students also took advantage of the word garden and wrote some fun and lively stone art sentences.

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About arts coach

I am the arts integration coach for the Integrated Arts Academy, Vermont's one and only magnet school dedicated to the arts. I work closely with classroom teachers, local artists, art organizations, and other community members to provide a network of opportunities in the arts for our students.

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