ESBOCES students will travel the world this school year in art classes
Students in Loriann Christian’s art classes at Sayville Elementary School and Tecumseh Elementary School celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Students created Mexican blankets and crafted tapestries based on Peruvian weaving while learning the histories behind these ancient artforms. The students were also able to see and touch authentic pieces of these types of art.
“These projects require different materials and processes than art projects we have done with our students in the past, for example, working with textiles and using a loom for the Peruvian weaving project,” said Ms. Christian. “If even one child connects to a project they have never experienced before, it can spark something and perhaps send them on a new path.”
Art lessons that celebrate other cultures contribute to ESBOCES commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. This year, students will travel around the globe in their art classes, celebrating different areas of the world each month. “The art projects we have planned expose kids to places their classmates might be from and that sparks conversations that allow them to open up to each other,” Ms. Christian said. “We want to makes sure everyone is represented by touching upon as many cultures as we can so that everybody can see a little bit of themselves in art this year.”