Kings County Arts in Action

November 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.

Highway 99 Youth Arts Council

The Region 7 VAPA committee has begun the process of developing a student-driven youth arts council. Arts educators and administrators submitted nominations for students in grades 10-16 for students in Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Merced, Madera, and Mariposa counties. Stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting new opportunity for students to develop arts advocacy skills.

Arts Education Throughout Kings County

Hanford West High Love

The Hanford West High School Musical Theatre students created their first virtual performance video singing "As Long As There is Love" from the new Broadway musical "Mrs. Doubtfire" by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The students drew inspiration from the fact this musical went dark in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. They hope this video will warm people's hearts and will inspire our community to find goodness... "wherever you go" and "whatever you do."

Students also created two "Husky Howl" videos for Halloween.

"As Long As There is Love" - Hanford West Musical Theatre
Husky Howl 2020 - Part One
Husky Howl 2020 - Part Two

JC Montgomery Welcomes David Garibaldi

Students at JC Montgomery were able to watch David Garibaldi paint and share his personal story of overcoming troubles as a youth before becoming a world famous artist.
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Hanford High Instagram Art

Mrs. Bejarano's students from Hanford High School now have their art on display on Instagram. See some of the creative work happening in the galleries below or follow them on Instagram: Mrs.bejaranos_artclass

Students were to take a blank piece of paper and make it look like lined paper, as well as address an Element of Art.

Students Used 10 or More Images to Represent Their Interests

Pioneer Middle School Halloween Concert

The Pioneer Middle School Band presented a virtual Halloween Concert for their parents on October 26th. Students practiced their music and submitted their recordings to Mr. Bentley. Being an avid technology specialist, he was able to put the students' videos together for the event. The students, and especially their parents enjoyed their first virtual band concert and look forward to presenting their next performance in December.

Pioneer Middle School Posters for Peace

Students at Pioneer Middle School were able to participate in the International Peace Poster contest this year. They have been putting a lot of time into their posters. It has been really wonderful to see that even in chaos and uncertain times, these amazing minds still have the most extraordinary visions of what a peaceful work might look like. The theme for this year's competition was "peace through service". The students and staff are so grateful that the Hanford Breakfast Lions Club give them this opportunity every year.

Hanford Elementary School District Peace Posters

Hanford Elementary School District art teachers have been busy making pre-recorded art lessons for Kinder-8th grade students and teachers, as well as live art lesson with grades 2nd-8th. Like always, students are excited to participate in the art class, even via distance learning style. Both John F. Kennedy and Woodrow Wilson Jr. High schools had students participate in the International Lions Club Peace Poster Art Contest which is held every fall. Here are some outstanding HESD Jr. High student submissions for the Peace Poster Contest. Peace through Service was this year’s theme.

HESD Virtual Music Lessons

The HESD Band Directors are creating classroom music lessons for all 4th through 6th grade students to view. Each week a new installment is released. So far they have covered the topics of a basic timeline of genres of music, the woodwind family, the upper brass family, the low brass family and the percussion family. Each lesson also touches on reading music notation and rhythm. Students will continue to explore those areas in more detail as well as world music and jazz.
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Kings River-Hardwick Online Learning

At KRH the students are working very hard to make art during these challenging times. The students log in once a week to a pre-recorded lesson by Mr. Vatcher the Art Teacher. They have been learning how to draw a variety of cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob and Garfield via directed drawing lessons. There have also been lessons on master artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Rousseau.

Corcoran High School Interpretive Art

Students at Corcoran High School worked to interpret the emotional properties of the color yellow.

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.

Next KCOE Arts Update

Kings County Office of Education will release our next arts update in January 2021. 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.