Kings County Arts in Action

September 2020 Edition

Brought To You By Kings County Office of Education

Our Purpose

Arts education, which includes visual arts, music, drama, and media arts, is an important part of a well-rounded education. This newsletter serves to highlight the amazing work with the arts being done by school districts within our county.
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Updated Guidance on the Arts

The California Department of Education has released updated guidance on safely providing arts education in schools.

Reviewers Needed

"The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE) are seeking reviewers to participate in the Arts Education Instructional Material Adoption."

Arts from a Distance

KCOE After School Arts

The Kings County Office of Education After School Students at the Kit Carson site in grades 1st - 8th spent time in the spring of 2020 learning about the life and art of Pablo Picasso. The instructors use lessons from the Meet the Masters Curriculum. At the end of the series students each created their own abstract masterpiece based off of the many paintings Picasso did featuring instruments.
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Lemoore Union Elementary School Music Department 2020-21

The LUESD music department strikes a socially distanced pose as they begin the 2020-21 school year. The music department organized instrument pick ups for students throughout the district in August to ensure that student learning continues.
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Pioneer Middle School Online Artwork

The students in the Pioneer Middle School advanced art class have been working very hard to produce narrative portraits that communicate who they are through symbolism and techniques they learned when they were art students in 7th grade.

Current 7th graders are starting the year with a review of the basics. Students throughout the site are working to master taking pictures of their work and turning them in online.

Teacher Emily McCaslin has started a virtual space to give students some avenues to express themselves during these dark times. She appreciates the middle school humor and flair that students are bringing to the space.

Akers Art Adjustments

At Akers School on the Naval Air Station, art teacher Brian Fraley is working to give the students curriculum that is as normal as possible regarding the visual arts. He encourages them to work with the materials they have available at home. Even with a pencil and paper there is so much that can still be accomplished.

Mr. Fraley is innovating his arts instruction and has built a makeshift iPad platform that serves as a projector so that he can share the camera view of his desktop with students via zoom. Students are receiving 30 minutes of direct art instruction during his classes. He misses the opportunity to monitor their work in progress and give them instant feedback, but is using technology such as Showbie to provide formative feedback for his students and is working on other methods of instruction, such as prerecorded video demonstrations and resources from online art instructors to be shared.

Students started the year with basic sketches of some personally related items titled “Some Things Important To Me”. This was a basic ice breaker assignment that was to help students make a personal connection to drawing and visual expression.

At the end of August the class took a look at the stylistic variation of painting by Joan Miro. Students were introduced to the Autodesk Sketchbook app on their school issued iPads and given instruction of some of the basic functions of using this drawing and painting tool. Their assignment was to use similar symbolic lines and shapes found in Miro’s work and create a unique composition of their own.

In grades 1-5, class has been focused more on the use of basic shapes and lines to create an intersecting composition. Students used their choice of medium to color the various resulting shapes from the multiple intersections.

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Artist - Emmelin Anderson

Lemoore High School Drama Take on the Museum Challenge

Last week students at Lemoore High School had some fun re-creating some works of art in their drama class. Teacher Amy Ecker saw a social media challenge called the Museum Challenge, where people were challenged to create famous works of art with only household items. She showed some examples and told the students that the more out of ordinary the better. They needed to try to recreate the "essence" of the picture and to try to concentrate on colors and shapes, etc. She also told them to let their creative juices flow and have fun with it.

Hanford High School Building Community

The Hanford High Choirs and Guitar classes have been working diligently under the current distance learning model. They have been sight reading, working on solos, and preparing for large virtual performances. The students have been recording their progress in a program called Flipgrid. The students can watch each other’s videos and give positive, constructive feedback.

The theme this year is Building Community and Making Connections. The students will be showcasing small group performances on the HJUHSD Performing Arts YouTube Channel, and some of the ensembles will be debuting full choir virtual performances!

The Choir Executive Council is working with Ms. McGill to come up with ideas to share our love of music with the community. These ideas include, teaching a song to an elementary class and singing virtually for area nursing homes and other community groups. If you are interested in any of these collaborations, please contact Jennifer McGill at


The Hanford Joint Union High School District Performing Arts programs are working hard to prepare for an upcoming HJUHSD Performing Arts Youtube channel. Starting in early October staff will be uploading performances from the drama, musical theatre, choir and band programs in HJUHSD weekly for everyone to enjoy!

HESD Bitmoji Band Classes

The Hanford Elementary School District band class has gotten closer to home - as in virtually, in the students’ laptop! With the advent of distance learning, the HESD band students can access their school’s band room via each band director’s virtual bitmoji classroom. The virtual band room acts as a hub or dashboard that contains important student links to exercises, daily playing guides, music, on-demand video tutorials, progress charts, plus much more. Though distance learning may be temporary, the resources produced, such as the bitmoji classrooms, may be a valuable fixture for years to co
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Hanford West Chamber Singers Make It Work

Hanford West High School chamber singers adjust and adapt to an online environment - the students are making the best of the situation and honing their performance skills.
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VAPA Arts Resources for Educators

The VAPA committee has compiled a list of resources for arts educators.

The Kings County Office of Education VAPA website has resources and information about the arts in Kings County.

CASMEC Goes Virtual

The California Choral Directors Association will be holding their statewide conference virtually this year.
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Next KCOE Arts Update

Kings County Office of Education will release our next arts update in November 2020. Submissions may be sent to Liz Norris. Districts and sites are responsible for verifying that photos may be publicly released. Photos should be submitted in groupings of three due to the gallery format of S'more. Videos of live performances may also be accepted.

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