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450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
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Grades: 1-3

Principal: Ms. Kathleen Hyland

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Creations Connect Communities at Northwest

Creations Connect Communities at Northwest photo
As part of the second-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about different types of communities. Children at Northwest Elementary School took the lesson to the next level with the creation of an elaborate hallway display.

Students learned about the characteristics of rural, suburban and urban communities. Each class was assigned one of three types and had to create a large-scale art project. The rural section of the hallway featured a barn with animals, while the suburban area was filled with pictures of cars, houses and stores. 

Second-grade teachers said that purpose of the project was to help students understand the differences in the three types of a communities through a visual representation. 

Amityville Art Projects Starts With a Single Dot

Amityville Art Projects Starts With a Single Dot photo
During their art classes, students at Northwest Elementary School read popular Peter Reynolds book, “The Dot,” then followed with their own inspired creations. The main idea is to encourage students to “Make your mark and see where it takes you!” 

The story is about a girl who thinks she can't draw and gives up, but her art teacher encourages her to try by having her sign her name to a simple dot. That single mark inspires the girl's creativity and confidence. By the end of the story, she is encouraging another timid artist. 

After the story, each Northwest student was given a small piece of paper and encouraged to draw whatever they wanted — whether they started with a dot or not. Children had access to paint, markers and crayons and were able to use those materials in any way or combination they chose. All of the creations from each class were collected together on a single colorful dot and put on display for all to see.

This was a very liberating experience for our young artists and many expanded their own ideas beyond the idea of a dot,” said art teacher Lydia Robinson. “The only requirement was that they sign their name to the front of their art to show off their dot experience, which they did so proudly.”
 
Monday, November 12, 2018