-Article by School News Network: Learning about art, infused with science, math, history, and geography is all in a day’s work for students at Northern Trails 5/6 School. In Stephanie Cionca’s art class at Northern Trails, sixth-grader Theo Barnes recently put on his best “I’m working with precision here” face to trace a mask he had drawn on paper onto a clay cylinder he had formed. A few days later, Theo and his classmates added glaze — making sure to coat the oft-forgotten rim and to dab their brushes liberally into cracks and crevices, lest one day a drop of milk or juice serve as the perfect spark for bacteria to grow.
Then it was into the kiln for firing at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. “When we add the heat, chemistry will happen,” Cionca told students.
What came out were drinking vessels inspired by real-life cultural masks. Her sixth-grade STEAM art students infused science, math, history and geography into their projects.
They studied Japanese Nôgaku masks, Northwest Coast Native American masks, and Maori meeting house masks to inspire their own creations, which depicted animals, exaggerated expressions and in some cases, lots of color.
To read more on how Cionca infuses art with other areas of study, and see pictures of the students’ finished products, read the complete article on School News Network, titled, “Students drink deeply of cultures while making cups with masks.”