Here we are in the beginning:
Here it is as of June 2016:
For the first lesson on individualizing tiles, please click here.
For the honor tiles lesson, please click here.
For the list of amazing collaborators and community supporters of our students, please click here.
To see the gallery of project and tile photos click here. We have not been able to photograph and post every single tile (there are hundreds!). There is a Facebook album that also has many of the ‘sponsor tiles’ for businesses and organizations that have supported out school.
We will have another round of tile individualizing this spring (2017). We will focus on students making ‘honor tiles’ to recognize the people in their lives who help them learn outside of school.
We’re on the news!
KXLH News Report:
We will create a large-scale outdoor installation art piece as a collaborative community project between Broadwater Elementary and the various entities that support our school and community in general. The goal is to both beautify our school grounds and visibly create a work of art that visually represents our community.
Large-scale, collaborative art pieces have been rewarding in the past, and we would like to offer another such project to our students and families. There are a number of studies that have described the importance of art learning at length, but perhaps the best publication that is both informative and succinct can be found at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/networks-and-councils/arts-education-network/tools-resources/arts-ed-navigator/facts-figures . There are many reasons for improving art learning in our schools, including increased academic achievement, decreased drop-out rates, and higher levels of engagement that increase students’ likelihood of being successful both in and out of the classroom.
The scope of this project is much greater than the classroom; students will literally ‘see’ our collaborative community. The project is designed to not only give students a sense of belonging and personal investment in our school, but also to involve and incorporate adults. The home to school connection is vital to student success; we want to foster more meaningful family engagement opportunities. It has been found over and over again that “the most accurate predictor of student achievement is the extent to which the family is involved in his or her education.” Through the beautification of our playground, students, parents, and community members will see that they are members of a vast support network as they work together to create a visible metaphor for our ‘collaborative community’. In the classroom, students will extend their learning in art, science, and math to execute their designs and understand our school’s Mission Statement.
Broadwater Mission Statement
We are passionate, inquisitive, and creative; learning to be best we can be.
We value perseverance, integrity, compassion, balance and fun.
We will inspire joyful, rigorous learning and foster physical, emotional, and academic wellness as a collaborative community.
We have four Universals that guide our actions on our journey:
Be a Learner
Most art projects are individual classroom activities. We rarely get to collaborate on whole-school art pieces, and even then, adults are not involved in the process beyond the occasional volunteer assisting. In this project, adults and students are equal members of the artistic creation as we reach out beyond our classrooms, inviting the wider community to make beautiful art with us. This will not only extend student learning beyond the classroom, but also create an opportunity for adults (who often do not make art nor see themselves as ‘artists’) to join in. Long after individuals have created personal tiles, they will view the installation and remember what our interconnected community created together.
We will create hundreds, and eventually thousands, of tiles that fit into the small square spaces in the chain link fence of our playground’s kickball backstop. The goal is to fill in the second row of chain link, which is high enough off the ground to discourage vandals and not impede the view of drivers, but also be low enough that a viewer could see the individuality of the tiles. We will use polycarbonate (like acrylic plexiglass, but more durable) and sign-grade vinyl. Imagine a collection of many colors, unified by the repetitive nature of the chain link that will provide the structure for the piece functionally and artistically. The final result should look something like a patchwork quilt full of different patterns and designs.
The polycarbonate will be cut professionally to ensure uniformity, maintain safety, and for ease of mass-production. Once cut, the tiles will each need four holes drilled to secure them to the chain link. This task will be labor intensive and another opportunity for community involvement. Families and volunteers will be asked to help, the tiles and drill bits parceled out. 4th and 5th grade students will be in charge of measuring and safely cutting the thousands of wire pieces we will use to attach tiles.
Once the tiles have been made, they will be individualized with vinyl. This comes in rolls with a paper backing that students can easily draw on. They will then cut out and affix their personal designs. Families will be invited to create their own individualized tiles during parent-teacher conferences and other school activities. As we work with students to understand the Mission Statement, they will brainstorm a list of all the different individuals and organizations they feel they can rely on and are supported by. They will then invite members of those organizations to personalize tiles for incorporation into the final piece. Once we have the first 300 tiles completed, I will begin installation. Due to safety concerns, this phase will be done entirely by adults. We will continue to add tiles in batches with the bulk of the project installed in time for the Family BBQ in June. Eventually, we want tiles to represent all the past and present students of our school, their families, and the members of the greater community that support us. Any student who looks at this installation should feel loved, a part of something great.
The artistic inspiration for our project comes from an artist named Soo Sunny Park. (See link for more information and photos of installation)
“Capturing Resonance” was created by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel. Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College. The sculptor is best known for turning quotidian building materials like insulation and dry wall into sublime, experiential installations. For “Capturing Resonance,” Park has transformed the unconventionally-shaped Window Gallery of the deCordova into a multi-sensory environment using chain-link fencing.
People and organizations who have been especially helpful and supportive:
Drilling Volunteers! Thank you so much!
Businesses and Organizations beyond those listed above that have and continue to support our students:
(This is by no means a complete list, and listed in no particular order. If you see an omission, please email Jodi Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added!)
Many of these organizations and businesses directly supported our recent Color Run–thank you!
Robert Allen Nissan
MT Credit Union Network
BCBS of MT
Finstad’s Carpet 1
Rocky Mountain Credit Union
Shaun Peterson/Payne West
3 Brothers Plumbing and Heating, inc.
Cross Roads Sports & Fitness
The Frozen Moose
Stone Tree Climbing
Capital City Car Wash
Laughing Stock Hornses
Pivot Physical Therapy
Discovery Ski Area
Sandord Family Farm & Pony Rides
Lasso the Moon
Woolsey’s Tire Brake and Alignment
Intermountain Children’s Home
Helena Police and Fire Departments
StarBase (Dept. of Defense)
Prickly Pear Land Trust
Lewis and Clark Library
Please help us list more!
There are a number of things families can do to help keep their children healthy and in school:
In addition, to help keep our school community healthy please keep your student home if:
If you have questions or concerns about school health, please feel free to contact our school nurse.
Above 10 degrees–no restrictions
10 degrees to zero–duration of recess may be limited and announced
zero or below zero–indoor recess
Wind chill factor is considered in determining outdoor recess.
Broadwater uses a weather station located at the school as the source of information used to determine temperature decisions at Broadwater School.