Inspired by the stunning work of British artist, Andy Goldsworthy, RITES expert teacher, Karen Seal, has created an engaging multisensory writing unit that is part of the “Power Up: Writing and Math” Summer Program for 4th and 5th graders.
What is the multisensory approach and why is it incorporated into RITES programs?
Through the multisensory approach, students are taught new skills using this hands-on method. This approach provides students with more ways to make understand, retain and apply concepts.
Artist Andy Goldsworthy, His Art, and His Process
Sculptor and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy creates beautiful, fleeting works of art from nature. He then captures the results in vivid photographs. The recent documentary “Leaning into the Wind” follows him and his work.
The multisensory Writing and Math Unit Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
RITES expert teacher, Karen Seal, has crafted a hands-on, multi-step, project-based writing and math unit that ties the creation of art to well-planned writing and math skills.
First, students learn about Mr. Goldsworthy and how he creates his artwork using math skills. Then they then have the chance to create their own art pieces, using similar math pattern techniques. Once they photograph their pieces, they embark on the process of writing about the experience. The project finishes with the creation of a colorful poster including the photographs and type-written pieces. Finally, students present their posters to an appreciative audience.
This creative project taps into and builds on several key academic skills while allowing students to discover their own artistic “voice”.
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