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Ogden and Weber End of the Year Performances

May is a month of performances! In the past week, we have attended over 7 shows at BTSALP elementary schools in the Ogden and Weber School Districts and there are plenty more shows to see!

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Taylor Canyon Elementary School – Jeanne Clifton, principal
Drama Specialist: Leslie Ireland (Ogden School District)
Mrs. Ireland’s after school drama program performed “Cinderella Hood,” which combines the stories of Cinderella and Robin Hood.

Ms. Miller’s 6th Grade Class
Ms. Miller’s 6th grade class performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”



Lomond View Elementary School – Kevin Chase, principal
Music Specialist: Daniel White (Weber School District)
Mrs. Broad’s 5th Grade Class
Mr. White and Mrs. Broad work on the musical “The American Revolution” with their 5th grade students. The students choreographed the musical, created the sets and props, and blocked it as well!


Wasatch Elementary School – Donna Corby, principal
Drama Specialist: Cassie Burton (Ogden School District)
Golden Spike
Students at Wasatch Elementary performed in and attended the show “Golden Spike” which describes how the railroads were built in Utah.


Polk Elementary School – Maridee Harrison, principal
Drama Specialist: Cassie Burton (Ogden School District)
6th Grade Shakespeare Scenes
The 6th grade students at Polk Elementary performed scenes from four of Shakespeare’s works: The Tempest, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Macbeth.

Out and About in BTSALP Schools: Maggie Nylander

GreenWood Charter School is in its first year of being open and is new to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. We are excited to have this school as part of the Weber State University service area! Their visual arts specialist, Maggie Nylander, is doing a great job working with the different groves (grades) to create artwork and reinforce the concepts they are learning in their classes. She infuses art techniques with bee anatomy and Egyptian history, while being true to the school’s goals of mindfulness, leadership, and health. Ms. Nylander encourages students to be open to different ideas and take time to view and give feedback on other students’ art work.

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On this project students explored the anatomy of a bison and created a watercolor background landscape. The students then wrote about their field trip to Antelope Island.

Water Color Buffalos


Antelope Island Expedition Writing Sample


For this project students explored texture and warm/cool colors. Students divided their landscape in half placing the warm colors in the sky and the cool colors on the ground. They used different textures in every section of their drawing. They also incorporated plants that are native to antelope island.

Antelope Island Expedition Warm and Cool


Students etched the figure of King Tut and included Egyptian symbols. The students revealed the gold beneath the black paint and used patterns, symmetry, and shapes to create their figure.

Student working on King Tut

Student working on King Tut 2


The students studied bees and their anatomy. To help explore and reinforce this concept, Ms. Nylander had students create a silhouette of a bee and explore negative and positive space.

Negative and Positive Space Bees


The younger students are exploring impressionism and Monet. Ms. Nylander has the students creating their own impressionistic artwork!


Monet 1


Trees created by GreenWood kindergarteners.

Kindergarten Trees

Students in the Upper Grove learned about Egyptian history and created these Egyptian gods by engraving craft foil.

Egyptian God 1 Egyptian God 2

Artwork for Legislators

Our BTSALP Visual Arts Specialists have provided us with wonderful artwork from their students! These pieces of art show a variety of techniques and cover several topics of Utah history and landscape. The artwork will be given to Legislators at an upcoming luncheon. Thank you, Mr. Rhodes, Ms. Hedgepeth, and Ms. Webb, for the care and time you put into teaching our students in the Ogden and Weber School Districts!

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Hooper Elementary, Ms. Webb (Visual Arts Specialist), Weber School District
Fourth Grade Britto-ized Arches: Students learned about Romero Britto’s artwork and about the arches in Southern Utah. Students drew the Delicate Arch and painted the arch in the style of Britto’s artwork. They painted the arch in warm colors and the sky in cool colors.






Hillcrest Elementary, Ms. Hedgepeth (Visual Arts Specialist), Ogden School District
Kindergarten Self Portraits: Students discussed what makes them healthy and happy.





Hillcrest Elementary, Ms. Hedgepeth (Visual Arts Specialist), Ogden School District
Third Grade Dinosaurs: Students were studying and comparing the landscape of Southern Utah with the possible landscape of Mars.





James Madison Elementary, Mr. Rhodes (Visual Arts Specialist), Ogden School District
Fourth Grade Native Utah Paintings: The students learned about the native people of Utah. Students studied the art of the native people and broke down the art into shapes, patterns, and flat color. (Social Studies and Visual Arts Integration)




James Madison Elementary, Mr. Rhodes (Visual Arts Specialist), Ogden School District
First Grade Bees: The students were reading a story about busy bees and used the art activity to evaluate their comprehension of bee activities and attributes and the beehive is on the state flag. (Language Arts and Visual Arts Integration)




Lincoln Elementary, Ms.Hedgepeth (Visual Arts Specialist), Ogden School District
Fourth Grade Fish Fossils: Fourth graders were studying about rocks and fossils.




Shadow Puppetry Workshop and The Yellow Ball Project

WSU’s Arts Learning Collaborative’s leader, Tamara Goldbogen, and puppeteer, Lisa Leibering, were featured in the December 10th – Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Newsletter.

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Puppetry Cassie Working with Students

Ms. Burton working with her 2nd and 3rd graders during the Shadow Puppetry Workshop.

Puppetry Lisa Model

Lisa Leibering presenting the Shadow Puppetry Workshop.

Photos below are courtesy of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities.

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WSU Visual Arts Integration Workshop – November 2015

WSU’s Arts Learning Collaborative hosted a Visual Arts Integration Workshop in November combining art activities with a guided tour of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Confetti & Distress/Honey & Suspicion by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor exhibit (by Lydia Gravis, Gallery Director). K Stevenson, Professor of Art at WSU, presented a recycled sculpture activity and Erinne Roundy, Art Teacher at North Davis Preparatory Academy, presented a printmaking activity. Classroom teachers and art specialists from Weber, Ogden, Davis, and surrounding charter schools, as well as Weber State preservice teachers, created some great prints and sculptures!

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Erinne Roundy presenting stamp

Erinne Roundy presenting her print to workshop attendees.


Completed Printmaking

Completed prints!


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K Stevenson presenting her recycled sculpture activity.

Out and About in BTSALP Schools: Alisa Webb

Out and About Visit with Alisa Webb: Alisa Webb is the BTSALP Visual Arts Specialist at Hooper and North Ogden Elementary Schools. On November 16, her Hooper Elementary School first graders were creating a story about monsters using verbs and nouns. Her students did a great job using crayons and watercolors to create their monsters! Walking through the school, there were wonderful pieces of artwork posted that were created in Ms. Webb’s classroom (like these totem poles and salt figures). She did a great job with classroom management and incorporating Mona Lisa as an example of good posture and focus!

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Alisa Webb used this as a great classroom management strategy!


Ms. Webb describing what a noun is.



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Watercolors from the first grade classes at Hooper Elementary School, working on nouns and verbs.



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Syracuse Arts Academy Ribbon Cutting

Syracuse Arts Academy celebrated the Ribbon Cutting of their new Antelope Campus on Thursday, November 5, 2015! The event featured speeches from the SAA Antelope Campus principal, Jan Whimpey, and Syracuse City Mayor, Terry Palmer. They opened their school to the community, students, and parents who were able to participate and view a dance workshop, choir and band performances, and artwork. It was wonderful to see the arts integration activities hung around the school! Congratulations on a great event!


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SAA Ribbon Cutting

Syracuse Arts Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


SAA Mayor Speaking

Syracuse City Mayor, Terry Palmer


SAA Principal Speaking

Syracuse Arts Academy Principal, Jan Whimpey


SAA Jazz Band

Syracuse Arts Academy Junior High Jazz Band


SAA Earth Pastel

Visual arts integration activity

SAA Planet Pastels


SAA Flower Water Color

Watercolor flowers in the hallway at Syracuse Arts Academy


SAA Art Masks

Plaster masks created by the students at Syracuse Arts Academy


SAA Yellow Modern Art PIece

Artwork created by students at Syracuse Arts Academy hung in the K-6 gymnasium


SAA Elementary Choir

Syracuse’s 4-6 grade choirs performed as part of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Out and About in BTSALP Schools: Leslie Hamilton

Leslie works at two Ogden elementary schools and is a second year BTSALP drama specialist. On Thursday, October 29, Leslie was working with a 4th grade class doing a reader’s theater. She pre-assigned the students their characters and read through the play. She then had small props (capes, wigs, hats, masks) for the students to use as they performed the play as a class. The students had a great time acting out their roles!

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