Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Adam Collet
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Getting students thinking creatively is the first step to innovation and creative problem solving, and is the primary 21st century skill that Visual Art can empower students with. But Visual Art does not have to be taught as a stand alone subject. Many subjects such as Math, Geometry, Engineering and Physical Science are a natural match for integration with Visual Arts. With that in mind, these projects and activities have been designed to expand on students' natural creativity and challenge them with a deeper understanding of the some of the concepts behind their creative work. Adam is a life long resident of Seattle and a product of the Seattle Public Schools. He attended Seattle Central Community College and the University of Washington where he earned a BFA in Photography. In addition to being a photographer and working artist Adam has taught in-class Art lessons and after-school and enrichment classes for the last nine years. He is also the co-founder of the Jane Addams Middle School S.T.E.A.M. Fair, an annual event dedicated to student exhibitions of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Contact Information

First Name
Adam
Last Name
Collet
Address
4404 NE 105th ST
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98125
Phone
(206) 604-6852

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Visual Art, integrated with Science, Math & Engineering
Discipline
Visual Art, integrated with Science, Math & Engineering

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
I have taught in-school and enrichment classes with: Seattle Public Library High Point Neighborhood House Youth Tutoring Program Seattle Public Schools Arts Corps  
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
None
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
sample_lesson_plan_adam_collet.rtf
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My goal as an art educator is to encourage students to think creatively and see the value of creative thinking, not just in Art but Science and Math as well. Getting students thinking creatively is the first step to innovation and creative problem solving, and is the primary 21st century skill that Visual Art can empower students with. But Visuals Art does not have to be taught as a stand alone subject. Many subjects such as Math, Geometry, Engineering and Physical Science are a natural match for integration with Visual Arts. With that in mind, these projects and activities have been designed to expand on students' natural creativity and challenge them with a deeper understanding of the some of the concepts behind their creative work.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Most projects are designed to be integrated  with one or more of the following subjects. Mathematics Geometry Physical Science Engineering History Getting students thinking creatively is the first step to innovation and creative problem solving, and is the primary 21st century skill that Visual Art can empower students with. But Visuals Art does not have to be taught as a stand alone subject. Many subjects such as Math, Geometry, Engineering and Physical Science are a natural match for integration with Visual Arts. With that in mind, these projects and activities have been designed to expand on students natural creativity and challenge them with a deeper understanding of the some of the concepts behind their creative work.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
In addition to my STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and Art meets Science classes I have taught classes in drawing, digital photography as well as general art.  
Testimonials from Schools
Paula Montgomery, Principal - Jane Addams Middle School plmontgomery@seattleschools.org Doug Ouellette, Principal - Cedar Park Elementary dcouellette@seattleschools.org Heather Lucas, Teacher 2nd Grade, Wedgwood Elementary hllucas@seattleschools.org Kelly Clark, Teacher 4th Grade, Wedgwood Elementary kaclark@seattleschools.org Stephanie Reed-Elliot, former AEP Coordinator, Jane Addams K-8 stephjreed@gmail.com Allyson Reilly, former AEP Coordinator, Jane Addams K-8 allyson@sevenstarwomenskungfu.com

Fees

Fees
$55/ hour. Projects typically last around one hour. Sessions can be scheduled one (1) project per week for 2, 4, 8 or 16 weeks.

Images

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Paper weaving project, Kindergarten. Students learned about the history of the loom, weaving in different cultures then created abstract weaving patterns.
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Symmetry, geometry and paper cutting project, 2nd, 4th, 5th Grade. Students learned about paper folding arts from various cultures and examined the six-fold symmetry and geometric nature of snowflakes. Then developed their own unique designs.
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Polyhedral sculpture project, 5th grade. Students built sculptures based on the Platonic solids, polyhedral crystal forms, and space-frame technology.
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Tessellations project, 4th Grade. Students studied Islamic tile art from the Alhambra and the work of Dutch printmaker M.C. Escher.
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Paper weaving project, 2nd Grade. Students learned about the history of the loom, textile artist Anni Albers and the invention of television! Really.

Video

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student demonstrates 4D projects: Tops and Hexaflexagon. These two projects were completed in one hour each for a class of 31 4th grade students. Projects demonstrate symmetry, arithmetic, fractions, geometry, color mixing, engineering.
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Student photography, grades 2-8, 2015. Samples from an eight week course, Introduction to Black & White Digital Photography. Hazel Wolf K-8
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Various student projects, 2007-2015