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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.

Skate Art Master Coming to SBMA for SKATE DAY!

Don Pendleton and his iconic graphic art

If you’re a skater, you probably already know Don Pendleton.  Maybe not by name, but definitely by his iconic skate art, which has been displayed on thousands of skate decks in the past decade.  Pendleton, a true graphic master who has been the visual force behind Alien Workshop and Element Skateboards, was also a sponsored skater himself by the time he graduated high school.   On October 16, Pendleton comes to SBMA for Skate Day to lead a hands-on workshop in skate deck design as well as skate demonstrations.

The first 50 participants who register (pre-registration is required!! email: will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and design with Don.  If you can’t make it to the Design-A-Deck workshop from 12-2, there will be plenty of other Skate Day events throughout the afternoon that you won’t want to miss:

From 2-4 p.m.: Skate Demos/Tricks – Don, along with another pro skater area, will lead all skaters through a very hands-on workshop in which he’ll teach them some cool tricks with their skateboards. This will take place in our front circle, and kids are encouraged to bring their boards and skate.

ALL DAY: We are creating a MONSTER deck; a skate deck so monumental it will blow everyone’s mind. This activity is going to perfect for all ages, and everyone is welcome. Here, kids/families/friends/etc can add their own personal touch to our deck via paint//markers/stickers/whatever we have on hand. This is a community-wide art project, and we want all hands on deck!!!

Noon -5 p.m.: SBMA’s American Series exhibit, “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” will also be open for viewing from noon until 5 p.m. that day.

Don Pendleton, skateboard artist

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