Third graders at Rowe Elementary School recently participated in a Side x Side program that helped to teach a literacy unit on fairytales through art and storytelling. Students worked with teaching artist Cat Labarre to create fairytale characters and turn them into hinged puppets. They then learned storytelling techniques from teaching artist and master storyteller
Pre-K Students Learn Emotional Awareness Through Side x Side Improv Program
Pre-K students at Lyseth Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side improv program led by teaching artist Meg Christie. Integrated with a literacy unit titled, “I’ve got your back!” students worked on emotional awareness through stories, movement, and improv activities and games. Students focused on awareness of others, responsibility and accountability, kindness, taking
Science Unit on Matter Integrated with Three Art Mediums to Help Understand Solutions
Fifth graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science unit on matter. During the program, students experimented with three different art mediums (chromatography, suminagashi printmaking, and wax resist) to help understand solutions, their components, and how they interact.
The Science of Sound Waves Taught Using Printmaking and Illustration During Side x Side Program
Fourth grade students at Talbot Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman that integrated art making with a science unit on sound waves. Students used printmaking and illustration to create “mega pages” to artistically capture their research on sound waves, how they travel, and how they are
Narrative Writing Unit on “Identity” integrated with Art Making During Side x Side Program for Fourth Graders
Fourth graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently completed a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with an IB and narrative writing unit on “identity.” Each student created a 2-dimensional art piece that demonstrated parts of their identity without using names or physical descriptions. The program began with students
First Graders Create Self-Portrait Puppets and Theaters During Side x Side Program
First grade teachers at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently collaborated with Side x Side on a “Who We Are” International Baccalaureate (IB) unit. Working with Side x Side teaching artist Sarah Boyden, students created inquiry notebooks with self-portrait puppets and puppet theaters to use throughout the school year.
Join us at a Flatbread Community Night Fundraiser for Side x Side!
Mark your calendars and plan to join Side x Side at Flatbread Company in Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 5-9pm! A portion of each pizza sold (including takeout orders) between 5:00 and 9:00pm will be donated to Side x Side! Eat pizza and help fund Side x Side’s arts-integrated programs in the Portland public schools!
Side x Side Awarded 2022 Maine Arts Commission Organization Project Grant
Side x Side is honored to be the recipient of a 2022 Maine Arts Commission Organization Project Grant for its “All About Owls” project. The award helps fund arts-integrated programs for fourth graders at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland where teaching artists and teachers collaborate to design innovative units with science, writing, and research on Maine
Learning on Invasive Species Presented in Oversized Book Pages During Side x Side Program for Fifth Graders
Fifth graders at Talbot Community School participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science unit on invasive species. During the program, students studied the Emerald Ash Borer, its lifecycle, origin, and the damage it causes to ash trees. They also learned about the process of
First Graders Learn Storytelling and Mime Techniques During Side x Side Program
First graders in Ms. Liebling’s class at Reiche Community School participated in a Side x Side storytelling and movement program throughout the course of the school year. Led by teaching artist Antonio Rocha, the program was integrated with a literacy unit on narrative writing and a science unit on Maine animals. Earlier in the school
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