Production of "It's a Wonderful Creek" Video and Mural

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teachers: Maya Creedman and Anne Siskin
Artists Teaching Art: Michele Guieu, Video Producer and Alan Hopkins, Painter, Muralist
Common Core Subject: Environmental Science
Third Grade

The third grade students of Willow Creek Academy studying, environmental science, are cleaning up the Willow Creek which flows behind their school. They are removing non native plants and replanting native flora in addition to removing the garbage. This entire process was documented in both film and a mural by the students in collaboration with the ATA teachers. Please be sure to watch the video on the ATA home page! 

 

The Labyrinth Project

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teachers: Maya Creedman and Julia Mohit
Artists Teaching Art: Cindy Pavlinac
Common Core Subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, History, Language Arts
Fourth Grade

Purpose: Students learned about labyrinths and worked together to design and build a labyrinth in a designated location for the school. 

  • Art History: history of labyrinths
  • Design: labyrinth patterns, material selection, etc. Students helped determine design decisions and options based on constraints and needs
  • Math: measurement and geometry (space, angles, materials, path width)
  • Science: solving design problems, adapting to natural environment)
  • Language Arts: developing and presenting design proposals, writing letters, press releases, creating a PowerPoint presentation, poetry, process journals, surveys, information, docent scripts
  • Social: teamwork, community service, leadership opportunities
 

"Sailing Through Time" Collage and Documentary Film Project

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teachers: Maya Creedman and Anne Siskin
Artists Teaching Art: Michele Guieu, Video Producer; Tilly & Zero Nylin, Mosaic Artists
Common Core Subject: History
Third Grade

The 2013-2014 school year was an exciting year for Maya Creedman and Anne Siskin’s third grade class! In collaboration with Educational Tall Ships of San Francisco, the children studied the waterfront history of Sausalito through boats which were either built or sailed to Sausalito over the past 4000 years. The students created five collage panels depicting the boats: a Miwok Tribe Tule boat, the Manila Galleon, the European Tallship, the Sausalito Ferry and the WW II Liberty Ship. The students then wrote and filmed a documentary related to the history of each maritime panel. In addition, the students were asked to write a report from the point of view of an historical figure from one of the years studied. As a result of their experience with creating the collages and film, the reports were rich with detail and demonstrated a clear understanding of the subject material.

 

Tile Making Project

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teacher: Matt Helemenstein
Artists Teaching Art: Tilly & Zero Nylin
Common Core Subject: World History
Sixth Grade

A fascinating tour through the history of Rome. The students worked with artist teachers Tilly and Zero Nylin to create mosaic tiles focusing on pattern and design, a journey back in time through a timeless art form. Students designed, cemented and grouted their soft round stones revealing swirling works of art. As they wiped the grout away they were awed, amazed and surprised by the beauty revealed through this ancient art form.

 

Colonial America Mural Project

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teacher: Meegan Devol
Artists Teaching Art: Debra Maddox
Common Core Subject: U.S. History
Fifth Grade

The students collaborated with their teacher and artist teacher Debra Maddox to closely study the architecture of colonial America and  creates a stunning mural and backdrop for their play and presentations.

"I would even give up recess to work on the mural! I really enjoyed the art project and would love to do it again!" - Willow Creek Academy Student

 

California Map Project

Willow Creek Academy Classroom Teachers: Lori O'Brien, Julia Mohit
Artists Teaching Art: Tilly & Zero Nylin
Common Core Subject: Social Studies; California History
Fourth Grade 

Artists Teaching Art teachers Tilly and Zero Nylin team up with the Willow Creek Academy 4th grade students and classroom teachers Lori O’Brien and Juliet Mohit to create a 6’ x 4’ topographical map of the state of California. The 4th grade Social Studies class is studying the geographical diversity of the state of California. The students, along with Tilly and Zero, design and create individual tiles that represent their part of the state. The students experienced a deeper learning and understanding of both the topography and the diversity of the state of California from the great shoreline of the Pacific to the golden sands of the Mohave.