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A Special Art Experience

Reported by karen_popovich@ipsd.org on 5/2/19

Thursday, May 2nd is a special day at Metea. Spearheaded by junior art student, Jordan Dullnigg, the Metea Valley Art department is conducting a special art experience with students with special needs working side by side with art students. This special experience will be held in art classroom F105 on Thursday, during 2nd and 6th periods. An art exhibition of the work created will be a culminating event and the students will have their work on display at Metea Valley.

This planned expressive experience is based on this idea of making marks, and will seek to provide the opportunity to choose the type and placement of marks made upon a choice of surface. Textures, color, and movement will stimulate the sensory input of each student necessary to the experience of realizing that choices can and are being made by the student.

This event is a structured experience which seeks:

*To provide the opportunity for an initial individualized expressive art experience to students with acute special needs, and to do so with a high level of student-guided choice.
*To facilitate SEL by providing Student TAs with the opportunity to use their art experience in an inclusive manner, and providing interactive elective opportunities for special needs students.
*To provide the opportunity for art teaching staff to participate, observe, and reflect upon the structure of providing this experience as a course option for special needs students for whom regular education inclusive art learning structure is neither practical nor effective.


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