We recently developed a 2nd grade public art curriculum in PUSD, which pairs artist –led public art field trips with an in-classroom project. Our teaching artists lead the field-trip, and then go into the 2nd grade classrooms to develop a collaborative public art piece for each school. We piloted this curriculum in 2015/16. In 2016/17 are serving all 1,500 2nd graders in PUSD with this curriculum. Our youth education program continues to be a model of artist-led, project-based learning that is integrated into a core curriculum. The program’s hands-on model is designed for a range of learning styles and multiple intelligences.

Kids Ages 5+. Must wear closed toe-shoes

All classes held on site in NW Pasadena behind John Muir High School at the intersection of Canada Ave. and Casitas Ave.MAP Here on Google Maps

Students learn how to use woodworking tools safely, effectively and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. There are currently two buses with 15 workstations each, and two trailers with 16 workstations each, for a total of 62 workstations. Class begins with a demonstration on a tool or technique, and then students work on projects that increase in complexity as they progress through the program. Students accumulate a working knowledge of techniques such as sanding, sawing, shaping, drilling, setting screws, using clamps, hammering, and incising. All classes are held in renovated transit buses and trailers where students learn about art, design, and engineering using only hand tools, raw materials, and their imagination. Professional artists teach all classes.

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