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Bucks County masterpieces inspire art students
Walter Miller Elementary School art teacher Stacy Potter was busy during the summer of 2016 helping design curriculum for a unique program sponsored by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. Art on the Move brings well-known Bucks County art works donated by internationally-known artists to schools throughout the county. The BCIU has approximately 350 works in its collection to draw from for this project, which was created in 1949 by Dr. Charles H. Boehm, a past superintendent of Bucks County Schools, and Walter Emerson Baum, a prominent artist. The collection includes works by world-renowned artists such as Daniel Garber, Harry Leith-Ross, Alice Sotter, Edward Redfield, and Baum himself.
Through the program, each school receives a collection of six original pieces of art for 8 – 10 weeks in the fall or spring. With each collection is curriculum that allows the artwork to be used as a springboard for learning and to create work related to the collection. The curriculum is available to each grade level and consists of lesson ideas connected to the standards for Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Language Art, Cultural Connections, and Technology.
Students at Sandburg Middle School and Walter Miller Elementary School participated in Art on the Move during the fall of 2016. Works of art were produced by the students in response to collaborative discussions, historical connections to Bucks County, and by examining the creative techniques the original artist's utilized. Students explored the curriculum components of landscape, perspective, composition, and color theory.
The student artwork will be on display during the Spring Art Shows at each building. Sandburg's art show will be held on May 11 fro 7-9 pm; Miller's art show is held on March 30 from 6-7:30 pm.