In Fall 2017, Mrs. Brooks, the Visual Art teacher, wrote a grant to the Nevada Arts Council to provide First Grade students with Visual Art Arts Integration and STEAM style learning opportunities by designing and assembling fused glass night lights to connect with students' learning about light.
With the $1,200.00 awarded from the grant we hired Judy Joustra, a local glass artist, to instruct our students in how to design and assemble a glass night light. This artistic experience in shape, color, and balance aligned with the 1st graders science content standards as they learned about the properties of light.
Specifically, vocabulary words transparent, translucent, and opaque are shared between Next Generation Science Standards and the Nevada Visual Art Standards. This opportunity was unique in allowing our students to engage in the engineering and design process creating a night light for the light conditions in which they like to sleep utilizing the transparent, translucent, and opaque qualities of the glass to achieve their desired effect.
Students had a great time learning and creating and teachers said students remembered the vocabulary more easily since they had experienced the learning in both the classroom and the art room.