Last week kicked off with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle to join sixth graders for their zine workshop with artist Katie Gill-Harvey! Students explored using zines to tell stories, reflect on their emotions, and share their learning with others. Katie’s workshop is expertly balanced giving students space to learn and practice new skills while also leaving plenty of room for students to share their own authentic stories and creativity.

Thomas Jefferson’s arts integration coaches chose to use their AED funding to create an exciting two-week-long literacy arts integration experience for students in grades 1-8, starting with Katie Gill-Harvey’s zine workshops for grades 6-8 this week, followed by poetry workshops with Unique Robinson for students in grades 1-5 next week. Families will get to join in the learning and participate in hands-on family literacy nights with both artists as well!

I loved seeing how TJEMS is creating space for meaningful arts integration school-wide and including families in their work. Thank you TJEMS staff for coordinating such a thoughtful schedule of programming, and thank you Katie and Unique for providing such meaningful experiences for students. Be sure to check out Katie and Unique’s programs in our Directory to learn more about their work!