Carter Lake Elementary School, located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has been selected to participate in a project that will help teachers assess student artwork according to national standards.
The project is sponsored by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), and results will be used to train teachers and give them examples of actual student work to use as they prepare to test their own students.
Carter Lake fine arts teacher Karen Bell-Hanson submitted an application to NCCAS, and the school was chosen as one of 18 model sites from more than 260 applications.
The project began in January, asking students to look at, evaluate, categorize and critique works of art; create a work of art; prepare that art for display; and write about their creation.
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Bell-Hanson is working with Carter Lake fifth-graders on landscapes and second-graders on symbolic self-portraits. Second-graders use symbols like hearts and flags to create a self-portrait.
“It helps students think in a unique way,” said Bell-Hanson. “It’s a great process for them and allows the students to create art like real artists.”
She will send lesson plans and student art to NCCAS by April 15.