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Teaching with a “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

For those of you just joining us, here at SBMA we’re all ramped up about Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, which opened in our Warner Gallery two weeks ago.  This electrifying exhibit of skateboard art is especially appealing to children and young artists, and we would love to host any school or other groups who would like to see it.

There are many ways in which a viewing “Full Deck” can serve as a platform for learning and meeting curricular standards in nearly all subject areas.   This week we would like to offer an engaging science lesson plan that focuses on the physics of skateboarding and would make a fantastic follow-up to a “Full Deck” field trip, hint hint.

If there’s one thing that a skateboard will help you remember (four times over), it’s that the wheel is a beautiful thing. Therefore, we’re not even going to try to reinvent it.  Instead, we offer you this link from “Teach Engineering,” an outreach of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Entitled “Skateboard Disaster,” it promises to be a great success among the middle school crowd. Enjoy!


Ramp Up Your Teaching With “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

“Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” is now open at SBMA, and we are certain that children and young adults throughout Michiana will want to see it.  Before all of you classroom teachers cry out in protest, “No!  I don’t have the time to leave my classroom and squander precious time-on-task minutes!” we would like you to know that the possibilities for integrating “Full Deck” into academic goals and standards are endless.  In fact, we are so certain that a field trip to SBMA would be a highlight of the 2011-12 school year for both students and teachers, we are going to be posting a series of activities and lessons that correspond with this exhibit.

This week’s lesson was developed by Melissa Green, a junior high language arts teacher, and offers a way to spin off the skate ramp and into poetry.  For those of you who try this lesson with your students, we would love for you to share with us the poems that your students create.

Click here to download the POETRY in MOTION lesson.

Found Object Art

Creative Reuse Art Making

by Amy Keenan Amago

The United States produces more trash than any other country in the world. The average citizen produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day, which adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year. While these statistics are staggering, there has been a growing movement to stop this disturbing trend by finding new uses for the plentiful trash our country produces. Creative reuse or “upcycling”– the act of taking objects that would otherwise be discarded or recycled and transforming them into artful, decorative or utilitarian items – has gained popularity among artists and educators in recent years as budgets tighten and concerns for the environment mount. As an artist and art teacher, I have found great value in working with recycled or rescued items both in the classroom and in my studio. Working with non-traditional art materials poses unique creative challenges and thrills, as it stimulates my intellect in a way no other art medium can. I find the rationale compelling for working with theses Learn More…

Museum Morning Feature!

by Candie Waterloo

The Museum Morning program at the South Bend Museum of Art is one of the Education Departments longest-running outreach programs for our local schools.  Nearly 200 South Bend Community School Corporation fifth graders come to SBMA for Museum Morning each week from February until May, to both tour our galleries and create art in our studios. Learn More…

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