Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will create personalized learning networks to communicate and collaborate with others.

corliss blakely

Last month, local artist and iPad art expert Corliss Blakely of St. Albans worked with GEMS middle grade students to teach them how to use two excellent art applications.

Students began working with the Art Studio app to create a multi-layered fish tank.

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awesome fish

Next, the students celebrated the first snow day of the year by creating a snowman scene with the app Procreate. They were able to use layers in the app to work on each part of their painting.

Students use layers to work on each part of their painting.  Student Artist: Brooke F


Many students took off with this new learning and created their own art pieces. The 8th grade students were particularly inspired by the flexibility of the iPad art apps that they went right to work!

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We are so thankful to have such a talented and knowledgeable artist so close to home. Thanks Corliss for showing students how to create digital works of art using these wonderful applications.

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