Herricks elementary students bring the arts to life

Herricks elementary students bring the arts to life
Denton Avenue students perform a scarf dance to the song “What a Wonderful World” under the “Denton Avenue’s Wonderful World” mural created by the students. (Photo courtesy of Herricks Public Schools)

Herricks students at Denton Avenue Elementary spent time working on an educational and creative project during recent music and art classes that encouraged them to bring art to life.

Denton Avenue music teacher Nana Aomori and art teacher Jessica D’Angelo brought music and art together, collaborating on an interdisciplinary project with their students based on the song “What a Wonderful World.” In music class, the students learned about Louis Armstrong and learned a scarf dance to the song. In art class, the students read the children’s book that illustrates the song.

Following the collaborative efforts, kindergarteners, first and second graders worked on crafting leaves and flowers, third and fourth graders created self-portraits, and fifth graders made birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Once completed, the student artwork was displayed together on a mural entitled “Denton Avenue’s Wonderful World.”

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