Arts Integration for Elementary School Students
The FSO and Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia have collaborated to create a program that integrates arts of all genres with student classes such as Language Arts, Social Studies, Library, Spanish, Physical Education and Student Counseling. The program culminates in a FSO Masterworks concert at the George Mason Center for the Performing Arts which includes the music students have studied and an exhibit in the Art Center's lobby of the art the students have created. Students and their families receive free tickets and transportation to hear the music performed live and to see their own artwork exhibited.
This season, Woodburn students are studying the solar system and connecting what they have learned to the music of Holst's The Planets performed in concert by the FSO on April 27. The program emphasized that composers use their own experiences to both create their music and express their emotions. Students then researched the composers in library class, discussed the projects in homeroom, and created theme-related art in art class.
The FSO and the Woodburn Elementary School for the Fine & Communicative Arts are committed to expanding this program and continuing to discover new ways to integrate art into our students' education and their everyday activities.