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Briscoe is S.M.A.R.T Art Partnership
In 2008 S.M.A.R.T. was approached by Briscoe Elementary teacher, Sarah Christal. She asked if we would be willing to teach an art class to the students. At time there was NO art in the school. S.M.A.R.T. said yes, but that they had to come over to the S.M.A.R.T. campus to engage an authentic artistic experience. We began with one class and today S.M.A.R.T. now serves all grade levels pre-k through 5th. The Briscoe S.M.A.R.T. relationship is unprecedented and powerful. Briscoe is the only public school in the State of Texas where children leave their campus during the school day to take art.
In 2017 Briscoe was certified as an International Baccalaureate World School focused on world music and fine arts.
The Briscoe S.M.A.R.T. art partnership is the only one of it's kind in the San Antonio Independent School District. S.M.A.R.T.S.'s TEKS and IB aligned art programming directly supports Briscoe Elementary's IB World School curriculum. Through STEAM based art education S.M.A.R.T. introduces students to multiple art forms using a 4 step process.
To support the IB goals of Briscoe Elementary and create a foundation for creative expression through our 4 step art education curriculum: Tours, Studio classes, Presentation and Exhibition.
Jan 2023 - Public art work by Briscoe 4th Grade
S.M.A.R.T. students are currently creating a diptych inspired by the work of local artist Jesse Treviño. Student work will replace Jesse's masterpiece while it is being restored. After that, their pieces will permanently live in the Pediatric Endicronology clinic in the Texas Diabetes Institute University Hospital 701 S. Zarzamora. Follow our progress on insta @smartsatx!
Pre-K - 5th Grade
S.M.A.R.T. teaches every grade level once a week for 4 weeks from Sept- May. Each class leaves their campus
and crosses the street to learn in our professional art studio setting.
Full curriculum link coming soon!
Pre-K Tours With our pre-K babies we introduce ourselves, take a tour, learn basic art tems and experience a quick studio exercise.
Kinder Clay In kinder we explore our sense of touch and motorskills by creating with clay
1st Grade Abstract Painting For this 4 week series, students learn the art of emotional painting. They attend lecture, 2 weeks of studio time, presentation day and studio visit with professional abstract painter
2nd Grade Urban. Suburban. Rural Studying the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, students construct and design a large scale San Antonio.
3rd Grade Art is Neuroscience Studying optical Illusion art and artist Bridget Riley, students engage the senses and take a deep dive into the brain and neuroscience with our partners from UTSA Dept of Neurology.
4th Grade Assemblage Studying artist Louise Nevelson, students connect the final installation to the theme of culture and representation.
5th Grade Contemporary Art Conceptually S.M.A.R.T. invites the students to engage with their senses, resulting in a collaborative mural based on the topic of LOVE.
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