October 7, 2019

A Day at Thunder Ridge: Part 1

BTSALP and Alpine School District Coach, Robert Smith is a man of many talents. Follow along as he guides Mrs. Everitt’s Kindergarten class in some drawing exercises on National Dot Day! “We are learning to tell stories with pictures. Artists use exercises and mark making to strengthen the muscles in their hands. It improves our drawing.” Mr. Smith puts on the music, first a lullaby and then some . . . Super Hero music and students take their pencils dancing! Group and Peer critique is an important part of the art lesson. First students respond to the question, What is […]
September 30, 2019

A Peek Inside the Art Studio

Take a wander through Rachel Henderson’s Visual Art Studio at Westvale Elementary School, Jordan School District. It’s hard NOT to feel creative when surrounded by color, art and a wide variety of supplies! 6th Grade impressive figure drawings! (The mannequins really help!) Westvale’s Rotating Art Gallery
September 22, 2019

BTSALP Makes the News!

Art at elementary: School programs encourage creativity Kathleen Snow, For The Spectrum & Daily News | Published 3:26 p.m. MT Aug. 20, 2019 The Washington County School District visual arts program in the elementary schools encourage individual student creativity while incorporating other academic areas into their artwork. WCSD Fine Arts Coordinator, Robert Schmidt, oversees all fine arts including; music, visual art, dance, and theater in schools K-12. He said visual art teachers have a core curriculum to follow just like all other academic areas. “One difference is the level of collaboration that occurs in the elementary schools,” Schmidt said. “Most […]
September 8, 2019

Utah State: Arts Are Core Conference

Utah State University sent BTSALP specialists and classroom teachers “back to school” with strategies and lesson ideas to reach every learner. Arts Are Core: One World, Many Makers held on August 1, 2019 provided professional development arts-integration for K-6 classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators and university students/pre-service teachers. Educators participated in a full day of professional development exploring how the core curricula of Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies can be taught using the rich hands-on art forms of dance, drama, music and visual art. Participants delved into the foundation of arts-integration, unpacking all of the quality characteristics of […]
June 19, 2019

BYU Arts Express 2019

“Teachers don’t work in the Summer!” Tell THAT to these hard working educators at the BYU Arts Express Conference!
May 21, 2019

Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation was created to improve the lives of others and the world in which we live. The foundation provides support for a wide range of endeavors from community development and education to health care, scientific and artistic pursuits. On Friday, April 26, 2019 the Sorenson Legacy Awards were presented to nine outstanding arts educators. This year’s winners are as follows: ARTcetera, Provo School District, Exemplary Arts Program in a School or District Randall Beach, Secondary Music Instruction – Instrumental, Cache County School District Monique deWitt, Elementary Visual Arts Instruction, Alpine School District Steve Durtschi, Secondary Music Instruction […]
May 13, 2019

Mosaic Murals at Sprucewood Elementary

Jonathan Hale, BTSALP Visual Art Specialist at Sprucewood Elementary School (Canyons School District,) worked with each grade level to create a colorful mural. Each Mosaic Mural is a compilation of concepts taught at each grade level. Students worked to develop images in clay and then used recycled and donated items to complete the picture. Students reviewed and explored grade level concepts while creating and constructing these mosaic murals. 1st Grade Mosaic Mural Connections to Grade Level Learning: The main focus of the 1st grade mural is on changes that occur; the seasons change bringing different kinds of weather. In spring […]
May 9, 2019

Mask Making – Part 2

The plaster animal masks are finished and on display (Just in time for Art Night!) at Moss Elementary School in Granite School District. Kirsten Schiel, BTSALP Visual Art Specialist did a wonderful job of guiding the fifth grade students through the research, drawing and constructing phases of this integrated mask making project.
May 5, 2019

Radioactive: Golden Spike Graphic Novel

A great time was had at KRCL’s 90.9 RadioActive show talking about Oakridge Elementary School’s (Granite School District) graphic novel project and the Transcontinental Railroad. Thanks to the incredible work of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. Segment starts at the 7:52 and ends on a wonderful 4th grader’s rendition of John Henry at the 27:28 mark. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike in a graphic novel with Max Chang of Spike 150, Oakridge Elementary student Taegen, and Trish Saccomano of Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. As home to the site where Central Pacific and Union Pacific crews […]
April 29, 2019

Out With the Old and In with the New

Beacon Heights Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District has a giant open area atrium right in the front foyer. Many years ago the students at Beacon Heights constructed a huge hanging mobile to fill the space and welcome visitors to their school Well that was then . . . and this is now and there’s a new installation in town! Each student at Beacon Heights studied a different type of bird and created pieces of art depicting that bird. These birds became part of the new exhibit in the foyer of Beacon Heights. You might say this […]
April 19, 2019

Down on the Farm

Shout out to Denise Manzione, BTSALP Arts Coordinator in Tooele School District and the students at Vernon and Ibapah Elementary Schools. Both of these schools are 2 room school houses in farm/ranch communities.  Students were studying wool and how it is processed (in Ibapah quite a few already knew because they raise sheep).  Wool was purchased from Utah’s Ag in the Classroom, but some of the students offered to run home and sheer a sheep if we needed more! The wool was dyed using Kool-Aid and coffee. Then students created faces and rolled it between sheets of bubble wrap to wet […]
April 11, 2019

Jordan Valley School Presents:

Jordan Valley School is a center-based school located in Midvale, Utah, in the Canyons School District. The students come from throughout the entire school district and take the school bus to and from school each day. All of the students have severe multiple disabilities including, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, communication impairments, genetic disorders and syndromes, deaf-blindness and students who are extremely medically fragile. The goal of every staff member at Jordan Valley School is to improve the quality of life for our kids and their parents. Students put on a musical production every year and this […]
March 29, 2019

There’s So Much “Drama” at Suncrest Elementary

Guest Blogger: Rachel Zumaya Drama Specialist at Suncrest Elementary School, Alpine School District Pantomime /ˈpan(t)əˌmīm/ nouna dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music. In the Drama space at Suncrest Elementary School, students have been learning about pantomime and how tableaus can tell stories. 2nd graders learned to do “the rope” and had a pantomime Tug-O-War that they acted our for their class. The 5th grade also did a Tug-O-War activity integrating the Underground Railroad and the Salem Witch Trials with drama skills. 3rd graders worked on a collaborative project where they […]
March 9, 2019

Arts Day on the Hill 2019

BTSALP Student performers advocated for continuing funding for Arts Education at the Utah State Capitol. Student artwork was displayed and students performed musical numbers, theater and dance productions. Thank you student advocates. Thank you Utah State Legislators.
February 25, 2019

Color Outside the Lines

BTSALP Visual Artist, Alisa Webb, from North Ogden Elementary School (Weber State Region) recently hosted an art night during parent-teacher conferences. Every student had more than one piece of art hanging throughout the school. Students and parents were able to see these amazing works of art all around their school. Alisa was facilitating grade level art installations that will be permanently hung at North Ogden Elementary School. This year, each grade created a Crayon Mosaic made with recycled crayons donated by teachers and families in the community. Students are recreating famous pieces of art, while also re-purposing materials that are no […]
February 21, 2019

Latest Arts Education Research

BTSALP has known this for a long time!! Glad the rest of the world is catching on! Here’s an article from INC.  The Benefits of Playing Music. Music helps your brain more than any other activity, and learning an instrument increases resilience to age-related decline in hearing. Find out what Chalkbeat has to say – Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores — and their compassion.
February 17, 2019

BTSALP Legislative Dinner

Two feet of snow didn’t deter Utah State Legislators, their families and friends of BTSALP from venturing to the Grand America Hotel for the annual Legislative Dinner. Art for the program is from The Spike 150 Graphic Novel, Auntie & Lopey Track the Transcontinental Railroad by Mrs. Quigley’s 4th grade class. Helen M Knight Elementary School, Moab UT. BTSALP Visual Art Specialist: Bruce Hucko Student artwork from BTSALP schools as well as enlarged drawings from the Spike 150 Graphic Novel project were on display to illustrate arts integration and celebrate 150 years of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Jeremy Chatterton, Principal at Dilworth Elementary, Salt […]
January 27, 2019

Mask Making – Part I

Follow along as the fifth graders at Moss Elementary School in Granite School District make plaster casts of their own faces. Kirsten Schiel, BTSALP Visual Art Specialist at Moss demonstrates to parents, community volunteers, and University of Utah student helpers, the steps of mask making. After donning a paint shirt, (This process gets MESSY!) Vaseline is liberally applied all over the face. That includes eyebrows! Plaster strips – think the kind that are used if you break your arm – are cut, dipped in warm water and applied to the face. Start with the forehead, go down the cheeks, across […]
January 15, 2019

Happy to Dance

Jean Gardner, BTSALP Dance Specialist at Meadowlark Elementary School, and her students are Happy to Dance and Happy to Learn! The First Graders learned all about the process of plant growth through dance. Third Graders combined the study of Australian Folk Tales and the phases of the moon. Upper Grades studied and danced ratios and rates using hand and leg movements. They also created a dance inspired by the artwork of Jean Michel Basquiat and the words of Maya Angelou’s poem, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.
December 19, 2018

It’s That Time of Year!

Christmas trees using only three shapes and a few basic colors.  Thanks to Jen Terry and the first graders at Westfield Elementary School in Alpine School District.  
December 12, 2018

Murray Mural Project Wrap Up!

All nine of the Murray Murals are finished and will be unveiled on January 21st for all to see!    Each elementary school in Murray City limits created a mural that represented THEIR school – what makes it unique and what they ♥love♥ about it! Their artwork was combined with art from University of Utah undergraduate students, graduate students, BTSALP Visual Art Specialists, and University of Utah faculty members with input from Murray City representatives.  Murray City historical information and landmarks were included in each mural.   Many thanks to professor Kim Martinez for being the brain, beauty and BRAWN of the […]
December 3, 2018

Specialist Spotlight: Britt Black

Britt Black, BTSALP Visual Art Specialist at Philo T. Farnsworth Elementary and Gerald L. Wright Elementary was featured on the Murray City website. Read all about Britt and her connection to Murray City below.  Britt loved to doodle and imagine all kinds of creative ideas when she was young but never paid much attention to art. While attending Hillcrest Jr. High, she was required to take an Art class from Mr. Kline. Although reluctant, she eventually decided to give her assignments a real try. It was not until her older sister, Meghan, encouraged her to take Mr. White’s Drawing 1 […]
November 25, 2018

Flashlight Shadow Puppet Narratives

Guest Blogger: Aleia Nay Visual Art Specialist at Oscarson Elementary School, Piute School District The 3rd and 4th grade classes, under the supervision of BTSALP Visual Art Specialist, Aleia Nay constructed Flashlight Shadow Puppet Narratives. This is a combination  classroom since Oscarson Elementary only has 35 students in their school.  STANDARD 3.V.CR.1: Elaborate on an imaginative idea and apply knowledge of resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art making process. The students have been learning about the properties of light in their science unit.  Materials Needed:  flashlights paper black colored pencil sharpie visual aids projector screen Each […]
November 13, 2018

Veteran’s Day – Never Forget

Guest Blogger: Melissa Deletant Visual Art Specialist at Lapoint and Naples Elementary School, Uintah School District All students at Lapoint Elementary have spent the last five weeks working on portrait paints of Veterans from the local community.  Images of veterans were provided by families, Robert Lucero – Veterans Director for the Ute Indian Tribe, and from various other sources including The Wall of Faces.  The students started the first week by learning the proportions of the human face; following the ‘map of the human face’ to locate the placement for the eyes, nose, and mouth.  The second week was spent […]
November 12, 2018

Gravity, Force & Friction

Guest Blogger: Kelly Bruce Glynn  Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Coordinator  Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative  Norma Zaugg, BTSALP Dance Specialist at Stewart Elementary in Davis School District, worked with third grade students to explore gravity, force, and friction through improvisation and choreography.   Students learned how to use force to keep a simple piece of computer paper attached to their bodies while exploring the elements of dance. Once they finished working through these improvisations, students created a class dance based on their findings.