Grants To Encourage ‘STEAM’ Studying at Bethlehem and Elm Grove Elementary Faculties | Information, Sports activities, Jobs
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Grants To Encourage ‘STEAM’ Studying at Bethlehem and Elm Grove Elementary Faculties | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Grants To Encourage ‘STEAM’ Studying at Bethlehem and Elm Grove Elementary Faculties | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Ellen Culler, left, artwork instructor at Bethlehem and Elm Grove elementary colleges, and Drew Villani, principal at Bethlehem Elementary, announce the colleges have obtained grants to supply expanded artwork applications. (Picture supplied)

WHEELING – Two progressive artwork applications coming to Bethlehem and Elm Grove elementary colleges search to place the “A” into “STEAM” studying, and also will assist to color an image for college students in regards to the significance of Wheeling’s historical past.

The faculties collectively have obtained two grants to complement science, expertise, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) training by means of applications developed by artwork instructor Ellen Varlas Culler. She defined each initiatives will combine artwork ideas with studying in different curriculum areas.

The primary grant is a $10.000 grant from STEAM Energy WV; and the second is a $7,500 grant from George E. Stifel Endowment.

“Artwork initiatives built-in with science and math ideas emphasize the important instruments youths might want to enter the workforce,” Culler stated. “The scholars will be taught abilities involving innovation, downside fixing, crucial inventive pondering and teamwork,” she stated.

“When infused collectively, these instruments will assist construct the minds of the creators, that means makers and large image thinkers of the long run.”

The primary undertaking, funded by the STEAM POWER WV grant, is an afterschool arts program that can happen in the course of the 2024-2025 faculty 12 months. It’s in collaboration with Oglebay Institute, and its Towngate Theatre for Performing Arts and Stifel Positive Arts Heart.

This system focuses on integrating visible artwork and theater by means of a STEAM initiative for fourth and fifth grade college students, Culler defined.

Ten after faculty periods are deliberate, and college students will work on crafting a play about historic Wheeling residents and landmarks of Wheeling. It will likely be entitled, “Spirits of Wheeling — A Spooky Journey By Our Previous.”

“By fusing visible artwork and inventive drama for this system, we are going to culminate in a play during which college students will develop into the writer, actors, filmmakers, and artists for costuming and set design,” she stated.

A home made journaling ebook will likely be made by college students for recording their 10-session journey by means of sketches and phrases. This will likely be led by West Liberty College artwork professor Jeffrey Grubbs, Culler stated.

Cardboard and ceramic masks will likely be made as a part of costuming, and displayed for a remaining artwork exhibit. Helping the scholars will likely be Culler and Rick Morgan, director of the Stifel Positive Arts Heart.

The drama/theater focus will likely be led by Tim Thompson, director of the Towngate Theater. Helping with filming will likely be Mr. Brad Johnson of Stifel Heart and Foley Design, together with Cheryl Williams of Ohio County Faculties.

College students additionally will happen in zoom periods completed with working professionals within the fields of ceramics and movie modifying. Internationally identified grasp artist Kimmy Cantrell will focus on with college students his strategies of ceramic masks making, and Netflix movie/film editor Brooke Griffin will focus on the job of a movie editor.

The second undertaking, funded by the George E. Stifel Endowment, focuses on the historical past of glass in Wheeling. It’s set to occur throughout faculty hours this spring.

Fourth- and fifth-grade college students first will journey to Oglebay Park’s new glass museum. There they may get the chance to be taught and expertise the artwork of the glass making trade in Wheeling, and the vital function Wheeling performed in creating the glass trade in the course of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, in accordance with Culler.

STEAM actions will likely be included inside this undertaking by means of glass blowing demonstrations and pottery making by college students with glass infused.

Holly McCluskey, curator of glass at Oglebay Park, will give the scholars a guided tour of the museum. Glass blowing artist Bob Allen subsequent will educate and show the talents of the dying artwork of glass blowing inside his studio.

College students will transfer on to tour the mansion museum with Gerry Reilly, assistant director of museums. The journey will conclude with a scavenger hunt by means of the museums.

Part two of this system will encompass a go to to the Stifel Heart, the place college students will create a small piece of “glass-pottery.” This system entails a fusion of glass and clay. The completed piece will likely be a coaster which college students will glaze then apply recycled glass from the prior glass blowing demonstration. College students will be taught in regards to the course of from grasp glass artist Dale Chilhuly.

There will likely be a go to by each colleges to Wheeling’s Historic Monument Place, now operated by The Shriners.

“The Shriners are glad to companion with the two colleges for neighborhood outreach,” Culler stated. “Entering into the corridor the place Lydia and Moses Shepherd as soon as levied, entertained … will deliver Wheeling’s wealthy historical past to life for college students. Elm Grove Elementary College actually sits on a part of the unique cow pastures of the Boggs-Shepherd plantation.”

She stated she, Elm Grove Elementary College Principal Rick Dunlevy and Bethlehem Elementary College Principal Drew Villani are grateful to these offering the grants.

“I’m excited to collaborate with the staff now we have sculpted by means of our partnership with Oglebay Institute,” Culler stated. “Every of us believes within the energy of the humanities to encourage creativity and expression, and construct shallowness in younger individuals.”

She stated she sometimes teaches by means of integration of artwork with different topics.

“I’m at all times attempting to combine artwork into artwork initiatives – whether or not it’s historical past, math or science,” Culler continued. “And Wheeling is so wealthy in historical past that helped to develop the nation. Nationwide street, the Ohio River, the railways … all these elements helped open the gateway west.

“Our historical past is so wealthy, and it’s nice to mix artwork with what children are accustomed to. It’s important to assist children make connections to artwork initiatives. Then they really feel they’ve possession of that undertaking, and it means extra to them.”

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