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WMS Students Learn the Art of Bookmaking Through ASAP! Grant

Woodbury Middle School 6th graders Grace Walkup, Kelley Buban, and Kiera Jacobi (left to right) show off the books they recently made in school. The multifaceted project allowed students to use skills across curricula to create a personalized piece of art and research. (Contributed photo)

WOODBURY Woodbury Middle School sixth grade Social Studies students are using the art of bookmaking to learn about different cultures.

In hopes of finding a more dynamic way to portray the nuances of what makes culture, sixth grade teacher Todd Fontaine teamed up with WMS Art teacher Jessica Gamache in order to build a project that was hands-on, but still allowed students to explore a culture that was interesting to them.

With the assistance of a grant from Washington, CT based ASAP! (After School Arts Program) the sixth grade students were able to work with the visiting book artist Terri Tibbatts, to create a unique accordion book. Tibbatts worked with students for a week teaching them new techniques to create an interesting visual display of their culture. This multifaceted project allowed students to use skills across curricula to create a personalized piece of art and research.

Over four sessions, the students learned simple book binding skills and the cultural history behind it as well as a variety of ways to embellish their own creations.

“Students need new ways to explore academic subjects and creating a final product is a great way to tap into different styles of learning” said Gamache. The students embraced this approach and were happy with their finished products.

“We got to show information in a creative and fun way,” said sixth grader Kiera Jacobi.

Fellow student Grace Walkup agreed.  “It was not only fun but throughout this project, I learned more about my subject,” she said.

Woodbury Middle School students created an array of interesting books, which will be on display at the Woodbury Senior Center at 265 Main Street South in Woodbury from March 4th until March 7th. Please stop by the Senior Center to look at the fantastic exhibit the students have created.

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