Leslie diCurcio Marra: Thanks Gazette for using weather art

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thanks Gazette for using weather art

I sincerely appreciate the Daily Hampshire Gazette use of the News in Education weather art.

As a longtime area art educator, I support this project every year by encouraging my third graders to participate. I teach an arts integrated unit combining art appreciation, science, and illustration concepts. The students’ weather forecast drawing is the culminating activity.

I introduce my students to the prolific American artist Thomas Locker through his poetic oil paintings illustrating “Sky Tree,” written by author and chemistry teacher Candace Christiansen. Inspired by Locker’s works, my students draw a thumbnail picture representing each season.

From there, we discuss various weather events, informed by the students’ science curriculum. After an analysis of the elements of art and principles of design, students embark on an illustration of their chosen weather event and their drawings are turned in to the Gazette.

When a student is published, I announce their name on our school’s morning news program and share their achievement on our art Facebook page. Recently a parent responded to my post of her son’s published weather forecast picture that correctly predicted the weather for Dec. 25: “… you have no idea how excited he was Christmas morning, kept telling me he would be in the newspaper.”

I am grateful to this newspaper for providing me with a meaningful opportunity to connect with parents of my school community and for giving my students the chance to be recognized for their artistic talents.

Leslie di Curcio Marra

South Hadley