The 3rd and 4th
graders of the Teaneck Community Charter School embarked on a journey of
discovery at the World of Wings in Teaneck, NJ on September 24th. Taken by the Art Teacher Miss Lisa, along
with the 3rd and 4th grade classroom teachers, students
gained hands on experience touching, looking, and learning about butterflies,
insects, reptiles, and amphibians. The
day included a scavenger hunt where students looked for snakes, frogs, and
other reptiles in cages, a movie about butterflies, and a walk through the
butterfly atrium where a few lucky students had butterflies land on their bodies.
To connect the experience with art making, students ended the day working in teams of 4 to create a butterfly collage. Each team member worked on one wing, and together, students made the thorax, abdomen, head, and antennas. Their patterns on the wings included symmetry, an important concept that students learn about in both art and math. Their artwork from the day is now hanging inside their school Atrium.
Building on the excitement from the day, students will begin a project in school with Miss Lisa where they will build their own 3D insects, butterflies, and reptiles with plaster and paint. The completed artwork will be on display at the World of Wings in the next coming months. Upon news that their work will be on display, one student remarked, “You mean I am going to be like a famous artist?”
Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming exhibit at the World of Wings. The Teaneck Community Charter School has a mission to become enmeshed in the local community. This is a true collaboration between a museum and school and both organizations are hopeful that they can work together in the future, providing more opportunities for children to learn, create, and grow.