The Art of Charlotte's Web
Prairie Arts Center is excited to partner with the OSU Department of Theatre for this year's Fall Break Camp. OSU is presenting an adaptation of E.B. White's classic children's book, Charlotte's Web, as a radio production beginning November 20th through the holiday season. During our two day Fall Break workshop, students will be able to (re)connect to the story and themes of Charlotte's Web by looking at the classic penned illustrations by Garth Williams. On Thursday, we will create a pen and pastel portrait of Wilbur that will double as a paper bag puppet. On Friday, we will learn a little bit about radio shows from the 1930s and 1940s and design a vintage-inspired poster for the upcoming radio play of Charlotte's Web.

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Welcome to the Prairie Arts Center Parent and Teacher Resources page. Once a month we will feature a successful lesson plan from past Art Academy classes, summer camps, or other youth and/or outreach programming here at Prairie. Lessons will include enough detail, context, and resources to execute at home or in the classroom. It is our hope that this will be a valuable, shared resource among educators and parents in our community and beyond. We would be happy to receive feedback, social media tags, and suggestions!
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In the fall of 2019, our partners at the OSU Museum of Art had an exhibition dedicated to the history and artistry of stop motion animation (see Resources for link). The following project was inspired by one of the featured artists in that exhibition, Gabrielle Tesfaye, and her beautiful work The Water Will Carry Us Home, a work that features watercolor and ink puppets in a narrative about men, women, and children being transported on slave ships (see Resources for link). If you wish to show your student(s) this film for inspiration, we recommend watching it yourself first so you are prepared for the difficult content and questions. We had some great conversations and, as usual, were impressed with the students' keen observations and understanding.
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Art Academy is an after-school class designed for students who wish to develop and grow their artistic aptitude. Throughout each six week session, students learn and practice foundational skills in the visual arts and are exposed to a variety of mediums in both the 2D and 3D arts. Art Academy students also develop strong visual literacy and critical thinking skills through looking at and discussing their own artwork and the artwork of others. For the 6-9 year old cohort, each session yields a "final" work or project that is shared and discussed. For the 10-12 year old students, the focus shifts to skills-based instruction with an emphasis on drawing, painting, design, and composition. 

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Art Academy is an after-school class designed for students who wish to develop and grow their artistic aptitude. Throughout each six week session, students learn and practice foundational skills in the visual arts and are exposed to a variety of mediums in both the 2D and 3D arts. Art Academy students also develop strong visual literacy and critical thinking skills through looking at and discussing their own artwork and the artwork of others. For the 6-9 year old cohort, each session yields a "final" work or project that is shared and discussed. For the 10-12 year old students, the focus shifts to skills-based instruction with an emphasis on drawing, painting, design, and composition. 

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Art Academy is an after-school class designed for students who wish to develop and grow their artistic aptitude. Throughout each six week session, students learn and practice foundational skills in the visual arts and are exposed to a variety of mediums in both the 2D and 3D arts. Art Academy students also develop strong visual literacy and critical thinking skills through looking at and discussing their own artwork and the artwork of others. For the 6-9 year old cohort, each session yields a "final" work or project that is shared and discussed. For the 10-12 year old students, the focus shifts to skills-based instruction with an emphasis on drawing, painting, design, and composition.

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