Students at Cook Elementary learn a range of interdisciplinary subjects and meet state and international standards through the focused study of fine arts, including painting, drama, vocal music, strings, dance, and more. Students will also explore how fine arts integrate with and depend on a range of concepts and techniques utilizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and in turn, how the arts are vital to these fields as well. Through practice and creative exercises in critical thinking, students will learn how fine arts can improve engineering and technology, communicate and interpret scientific concepts, and promote socially and environmentally positive ideas. While exploring their interests in the arts, students will learn how combining art with STEM subjects can empower communities as well as individual voices.
Sample Lesson Topics:
- Chemistry in Art: Mixing Colors
- Chemistry in Art: Making Your Own Dark Room
- Mathematics in Art: Using Grids
- Mathematics in Art: Fractals
- Biology in Art: Music and Brain Anatomy
- Promoting Green Cars: Fashion Show Autos
- Performing Science: Microscopic Adventures
- Technology in Art: the Origin of the Paint Brush
- Engineering in Art: How the Camera Works
- What Makes a Movie Moving?
Capstone Project: Students will collaborate in teams to make short films. They will begin by exploring the medium of film, learning about the technology and engineering behind the camera, lighting, and sound. They will also learn and apply classic creative techniques used in direction and cinematography. Then team members will use their cumulative talents, ideas, and skills to plan a film, work together to shoot and edit scenes, and produce a final product. The project will culminate in a short film festival and award ceremony in different categories including direction, cinematography, and story.