Pre-K and kindergarten students at Lyseth Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side movement and improv program led by teaching artists Lisa Hicks and Meg Christie. Integrated with a literacy unit, students learned emotional awareness through stories, movement, and improv activities and games.
Fourth graders in Ms. St. Germain’s class at Lyseth Elementary School recently completed a Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Jill Osgood and integrated with a science and literacy unit on owls. The program kicked off with students enjoying a virtual visit with the owl ambassadors of the Center for Wildlife. Using project
Fifth graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side bookmaking program integrated with a social studies and literacy unit on migration. Led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman, students created tunnel books to convey an aspect of migration: push and pull factors, the journey, hazards, arrival, or culture shock. Students began
This fall, fourth graders in Ms. Keleher’s class at Lyseth Elementary School participated in a Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science and literacy unit on owls. The program was introduced with help from Linda Woodard, Scarborough Marsh Director and Educator at Maine Audubon, and owl mounts
Side x Side is honored to be the recipient of a 2021-22 Maine Arts Commission Organization Development Grant for its “Moving Forward” project.
We recently wrapped up our seventh annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute and loved collaborating and making art for two days with our amazing classroom teachers and specialists! This year’s professional development event for educators featured art-making workshops, training, and planning in Portland (at Ocean Avenue Elementary School) and Lewiston (at Connors Elementary School), as
This past summer, Side x Side once again partnered with LearningWorks to bring LearningWorks students in Portland and South Portland an arts-integrated program on Building Community. With the goal of designing a dream park, students worked with Side x Side teaching artist, Sarah Boyden, to brainstorm the various elements that can make up a park,
Second and fourth graders in Ms. Muldoon’s classes at Reiche Community School recently wrapped up a virtual Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Leah Cross. Integrated with a nonfiction writing unit, students researched animals including their habitat, diet, adaptations, and fun facts. Through live Zoom sessions and recorded art lessons with Leah
First graders at Connors Elementary School in Lewiston recently participated in a Side x Side program led virtually by teaching artists Sarah Boyden and Indigo Grey.
Students at Lincoln Middle School have a beautiful and educational new mural hanging in their stairway! Created by seventh graders during a 2019-2020 Side x Side program, the mural, titled “What is Biodiversity?” was a collaboration between teaching artist Laurie Downey and teachers Ms. Backus, Mr. Lindsay, and Ms. Cabral. The program was integrated with