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May 2, 2016
Grand Rapids student artists to be featured at Vikings' Stadium


Student works on pointilism18 student artists from GRHS and RJEMS will have their work featured in a permanent display at the new Viking’s stadium. All of the artists are also athletes and the pieces chosen are portraits of famous players who participate in the same sport. “It’s really special, it brings two things I really like, sports and the arts, together,” said Lucia Wyland.

And, the kids are thrilled to be a part of it. Annalie Marinuuci, a 10th grader who plays hockey and is on the swim team explained, “You don’t get an opportunity like this every day, it’s once in a lifetime.” 

"When I submitted an application to the Minnesota Vikings Fine Art callout, I knew it was a shot in the dark but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I couldn't pass up. Hundreds of professional artists submitted applications. We are the only students and are also one of the only artists selected from northern Minnesota! The new stadium is hosting the International Soccer Cup 2016, Super Bowl 2017, NCAA Final Four Basketball 2018, plus all home Minnesota Vikings football games. Literally millions of people will get to view our students' artwork for years and years to come. The recognition and legacy this leaves for our ISD 318 students and all of us here in Grand Rapids will last for generations," explained RJE Middle School Art Teacher Nikki Lehtinen.

The work will be debuted when the stadium opens this July and will be on permanent display throughout the building. “This is an opportunity for Minnesotans and Vikings fans to further impact the design of this stadium with artwork that...celebrates the many attributes of this state and region," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf on the Vikings' website.

The artists create their portraits using photorealist techniques made famous by artist Chuck Close. The students have taken a photograph of their chosen athlete and transformed it painstakingly into a portrait of varying hues. The artists transfer and enlarge each inch of the photograph using a grid to focus the shapes and lines. “The technique forces you to become a better observer,” said Lehtinen. Parker Aultman, one of the eight 8th graders to be selected to participate, explained that the technique is tough, but once you get used to it, it becomes easier to move forward. 

Aultman, who has created a portrait of Kevin McHale, immediately shared the news of his selection with his family. “I went right home to tell my family, we’re really honored that I get to be a part of it,” he said.
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July 27, 2015
School Sculptures with Kevin Reese


Completed Reese mobile
During the 2015-2016 school year, nationally renowned sculptor and educator Kevin Reese will be visiting IASC Schools for the "Mobilizing the Arts" residency.

With support from the Reif Center, Reese will visit area schools to learn about mobile creation. Students will create their own miniature mobiles called maquettes that will serve as an inspiration for a large scale mobile to be installed in the lobby of the newly renovated Reif Center.
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April 23, 2015
Bigfork students benefit from Perpich Arts Grant


Students and community members gather for a pictureEarlier this school year, Bigfork teachers were awarded an arts integration grant from Perpich Center for the Arts Education. Using these funds, teacher teams create new curriculum that infuses academics and the arts in ways that the participants believe will help to increase learning, heighten student interest and build community in their schools. 
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April 20, 2015
RJE Middle School Students featured in Aitkin Art Show


student art stamped, engraved image of duck20 students from RJE Middle School had their work featured at the Jacques Art Center in their student show during the months of April and May. The Jacques Art Center is an established and recognized art museum in Aitkin, Minnesota. The museum is located in the renovated Carnegie Library building. 

Work was submitted in the following categories: Greek ornamental clay containers, pop art portrait paintings, regional animal relief prints, and realistic landscape watercolor paintings.

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March 18, 2015
Music in Our Schools Month


Elementary students singing in music classMarch is “Music in Our Schools” Month, and at ISD 318 our music teachers celebrate their love of education and music every day.

 

Music education enhances creative thinking and problem solving, builds collaboration and communication, and helps kids develop discipline and persistence.

 

Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite moments in music classrooms in this video.

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October 13, 2014
Bigfork School is embarking on an Arts Integration Project


6 Bigfork teachers work to integrate artNine school districts in Northeast Minnesota, including Bigfork School, are embarking on a long-term adventure with the Perpich Center for Arts Education and receiving concentrated support and direct professional development. Using state Legacy funds, teacher teams create new curriculum that infuses academics and the arts in ways that the participants believe will help to increase learning, heighten student interest and build community in their schools. 
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April 28, 2014
The arts are flourishing in Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools


Student fish image hanging in local storeWandering through the myriad of offerings during April’s First Friday Art Walk, visitors were treated to artwork reflecting the beauty of an adventure in the North Woods. These fantastic animal creations were not the work of professional artists, but were created by 4thgrade students at Southwest Elementary. Joined by Susan Hawkinson, author of Tina Christina Sestina: A Northwoods Adventure, which was nominated for a 2014 Minnesota Book Award, the students displayed illustrations of animals who call the area home.

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