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Student Artwork Celebrates National Park Service

Published: August 24, 2016 | Category: Arts

 Student Artwork Celebrates National Park ServiceSouthern Utah University and the Iron County School District worked together during the 2015-16 school year to create artwork that celebrates the National Park Service Centennial.  With the centennial just days away on August 25, the art is now proudly on display on 35 banners down Main Street for the public to see.

Each banner displays the names of the student artist, teacher and school in which the art was created. The banners will hang during the August 25th National Parks Service centennial celebration and feature the FIND YOUR PARK logo, designed to encourage everyone to explore the National Parks and spend time outdoors.

Last school year, fourth grade teachers from Iron County School District participated in SUU’s artsFUSION National Parks Project. The teachers came together three times to learn about how the National Parks connect to fourth grade curriculum in art, science, and history. After the trainings, the teachers shared what they learned with their own students, including creating art projects about the plants, animals and geology of Zion, Bryce, and Cedar Breaks.

After attending the workshops, one teacher said, “This artsFUSION class will enhance our learning about Utah environments and animals. It will provide an opportunity for the integration of science, social studies and art, which makes learning more fun and memorable.“

Another participating teacher said, “I immediately did the chalk and oil pastel art work in my class. I was amazed at how well my class did with this project.”

The program was organized by Delaney Patterson, an Arts Administration MFA student. The following SUU professors presented the information in the artsFUSION teacher workshops: Paula Mitchell, Jackie Grant, Johnny MacLean, Matt Ogburn, and Alisa Petersen.



Contact Information:
Alisa Petersen, Assistant Director of artsFUSION
435-327-2773
alisapetersen@suu.edu