We started “Pachis in your classroom” as a way to offer art to schools around San Diego. We tailor the program to each school’s needs. These needs can be a theme the school is currently learning about. Sometimes the principal’s interest play a part. And sometimes we have free reign to be as creative as possible.
Just last week, we had an art showing at Holly Drive Leadership Academy. It’s been 3 years since we started our partnership with Holly Drive. And it’s such a pleasure being able to work with them.
Other schools that have taken part of this program include: Montessori Institute of San Diego, The Maria Montessori School and Montgomery Middle School, to name a few.
It’s hard to describe how good of a feeling we get knowing that we expose so many children and families to what we do at Pachis. Helping them get more involved with the San Diego art community.
To give you an idea of what “Pachis in your classroom” offers, let’s recap this last session at Holly Drive Learning Academy (HDLA) .
The program consists of 8-week sessions. 120 students take part in the program, ranging from Kindergarten all the way up to 8th grade. We provide all the supplies, 2 teaching artists and all our love and passion for the arts!
Miss Smith, the principal at HDLA, asked us to focus on the subject of self identity. After some brainstorming sessions, we came up with a concept. All students would work on self-portraits, but each classroom would use a different art form, influenced by a different artist.
In regards to material, they had a good selection of materials and techniques to choose from. Our youngest students used precut cardboard pieces and paint to make their Picasso inspired portraits. Our oldest students used saran wrap and packing tape to make George Sagal inspired sculptures.
Identity is such a hard and fun subject to teach. It makes us connect with things we may not like or be proud of. And seeing our students learning about themselves and actually discovering who they are is magical. It makes them more sensitive and vulnerable to themselves and their peers.
We teach them that art is a means to express themselves without having to feel embarrassed.
Over the years working at Holy Drive, we have seen students look forward to these sessions. And the feeling we get knowing that our program has this effect on students, is hard to describe.
Our program at Holy Drive is usually tied with the end of semester celebrations. And Miss Smith goes all out. There are award ceremonies, dance presentations, a food truck and our art exhibition. It’s a great time to exhibit wonderful art creations. But it’s also a great time to celebrate with students, their families and school staff.
This is all possible thanks to Holy Drive and other schools willing to embrace our program.