SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – During a board of education meeting Nov. 20, Roosevelt Elementary third graders Mila Davis, Leanna Luxardo, Anay Neelan, and Lily Nicolay showcased how a recent interdisciplinary project at the school connected art to the English language arts curriculum. Additionally, the students had the opportunity to present some of their artwork and read the original poems inspired by the assignment. 

For the project, art teacher Melanie Glowacki’s third and fourth grade classes learned about glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly and were tasked with applying their knowledge of color theory to create their own versions of Chihuly’s glass bowls using watercolor paints, coffee filters, and starch spray. 

In addition to creating a mural out of her students’ creations, Glowacki looked to extend the lesson beyond the art room. Through a collaborative effort with third grade teachers Kristen Ignoscia, Mike Bertram and Sue Hyun, writing was incorporated into the project with students writing poems about the colors in their artwork, how those colors make them feel, and what they connect the colors with. 

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According to Principal Dr. Robert Goman, the student presentation provided a ‘glimpse into projects that didn’t end where lessons normally do.’ 

“The art project went beyond the art room [and] is a testament to the teachers, working together, to not only further our students’ love for the arts but writing as well,” said Goman, adding, “Our staff works together to build on each others strengths to enhance the learning experience for our children and lead to lifelong memories.”

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