RPS 205 student artwork is getting around

Artwork by Lewis Lemon Elementary School students was displayed at Bath and Body Fusion during Fall Art Scene last week in downtown Rockford.  Two blocks east on State Street, Guilford High School junior Gretchen Stark’s artwork hung at Lucette Salon & Spa. The Lewis Lemon art teacher, Molly Rudolph, hopes it’s the beginning of a wider audience for Rockford Public Schools art.  “It would be awesome if we could keep the momentum going,” she said. Rudolph hung about 50 pieces of artwork in the store, along with a page of material describing...

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RPS 205 Camp to the Future: A trip to smells, sounds

On the last day of June, summer school students at Barbour Language Academy were hot on the trail of knowledge—even when it led them to sniffing garbage cans. The students are enrolled in Camp to the Future III, a federally funded program to help kindergarten through seventh grade students improve their reading and math skills. The program — which is at Carlson, Lewis Lemon, Rolling Green and RESA in addition to Barbour — began June 15 and ends July 10. Garbage was not part of the curriculum. But a “peppermint beetle” activity...

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RESA students get practice with public sculpture

Attendees at the State of the Arts Luncheon for the Rockford Area Arts Council may not have known it, but they were part of lesson in public sculpture. Tables at the Oct. 7 event, held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, featured centerpieces made by art classes at RESA Middle School. Adriana Villagomez, art teacher at RESA, said the centerpieces were actually maquettes, which is French for scale model. The students were told to use all “found” objects — either donated items or materials from nature — to make their...

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CAPA grad is national arts endowment intern

Erika Carroll learned about expression, discipline and challenges as a student in the Creative and Performing Arts program at Auburn High School. Now, the 2011 Auburn graduate is applying those lessons as an intern at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Since Carroll began her internship in the Literature & Arts Education Division last month, she has participated in webinars for the public. She’s reviewed the NEA annual report, grant applications and work samples. She’s attended technology training. Sure, some of it is...

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Summer school students do a deep dive into fun

Back in the day, there were two words that struck fear in the hearts of children everywhere: summer school. Today, the dread has been replaced with fun. I spent part of Tuesday morning at Camp to the Future, the Rockford Public Schools’ supplemental education program for students in kindergarten through seventh grades. I went to Rolling Green Elementary School, which is one of five sites for the program. The others are Beyer, Barbour, Lewis Lemon and RESA Middle School. Matthew Lerner, principal for the summer program at Rolling Green, took...

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