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ACMS Art: 'Take a Walk in My Shoes'

Katie Campbell the Adair County Middle Schools Art teacher has become a master at challenging her students and developing their high order thinking skills in regards to creativity. - SHAMARIE
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By Shamarie Harper

In recent years there has been an ongoing educational debate about the validity of the Arts in our schools. During this period, teachers of the Arts have taken different approaches to prove the worth of their discipline. Some have created rigorous written curriculum, power points and terms, then a test, but the few and best have found a way to incorporate rigorous lessons with higher order thinking (which is about creativity at its core) to make developing students creativity the heart of their teaching style. When this is done successfully, it is a win-win for students and fellow staff. When a student learns to think and be creative it naturally flows into every area of their life, including other academic areas.


Katie Campbell the Adair County Middle Schools Art teacher has become a master at challenging her students and developing their high order thinking skills in regards to creativity. Our district is truly blessed to have Mrs. Campbell and her dedication to teaching skills which are relevant in every area of life, using what she loves most, which is Art.

The unit Mrs. Campbell's students just completed that caught not only my eye, but everyone's who has seen it, was entitled "Take a Walk in My Shoes". Mrs. Campbell very carefully crafted a wonderful unit where students learned terms such as symbolic, historical, cultural, and aesthetic but in connection to shoes. Such as for symbolic she used Dorothy's ruby slippers, historical students understood shoes worn at different times, cultural ideas were discussed like Chinese foot binding. Then of course, aesthetic which is styles and designs, or what pleases the eye.

Once students understood and grasped the core concepts Mrs. Campbell wanted them to understand, students where then challenged to turn a found object "a shoe" into a symbolic representation of themselves. After working through their ideas and creating a basic concept, students sketched their shoe. Students were required to create a theme from their lives and turn the shoe into something new that was about them. After all preliminary work was completed, students brought in their shoe and created their design with paint and other found objects.

After all the projects were completed classmates did a "Gallery Walk" in which they preformed peer critiques of each other's project. The students put a lot of heart and soul into these projects and I was truly impressed. Hope you all enjoy the quick "walk through" I have provided today. Personally, I think the students are the true winners having a teacher who allows their creativity to grown and challenges them in innovative, fun, creative ways. Once again, Adair Teachers Leading the Way!

Shamarie Harper is Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.


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ACMS Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Michael Harmon



2016-05-11 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
Shoe1 There is no question what Michael Harmon's theme is or what he enjoys. He did a fabulous job transforming his "found" object into a symbolic symbol in Mrs. Katie Campbell's Art Class at Adair County Middle School. Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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ACMs Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Zack Bullock's boot



2016-05-11 - ACMS 322 Gen John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
I truly think Zack Bullock's boot symbolizing the theme of his life, is one of my favorites! Mrs. Katie Campbell's unit titled "Take a Walk in My Shoes" as you can see was a huge success and the Adair County Schools have many talented students.Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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ACMS Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Triniti Carta, a cute cat



2016-05-11 - ACMS 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
Triniti Carta turned her "found object" into a very cute cat. I am thinking maybe a veterinarian someday? That is what the purpose of High Order Thinking lessons such as Mrs. Campbell's, the Art teacher at Adair County Middle School, is all about. Teaching students to make connections and think outside the box to develop into thinking processing young adults.Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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ACMS Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Addie Popplewell creation



2016-05-11 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County Schools Media PR/Technology Resource Teacher/Migrant Recruiter.
Addie Popplewell's high heel "found object" made me think of a fashion career in her future. But if not, she has good taste and is a talented painter! Mrs. Campbell's classes truly went above and beyond during their art projects at Adair County Middle School.Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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ACMS Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Hassan Curtis' turtle



2016-05-11 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
I simply loved Hassan Curtis's Turtle ..... I don't know if was leaning more towards the ninja variety or the creek variety but either way, it was very creative exactly what Mrs. Katie Campbell was wanted from her students during her unit "Take a Walk in My Shoes" . Adair County Middle School as well as our district are so proud of our Art Departments in every school we have a unique group who thrive on challenging their students and making creative connections to the real world.Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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ACMS Art, Take a Walk in my shoes - Outdoor leaf from found object



2016-05-11 - ACMS, 322 Gen. John Adair Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Shamarie Harper, Adair County School District Media Coordinator.
This outdoor leaf themed "found object" was very interesting. It even had worms growing in it. Lindsey Taylor did a wonderful job with her project and proved she is without a doubt creative and can think out of the box easily. Mrs. Campbell, the Art teacher at Adair County Middle School, your students and your dedication is a asset to our district! Shamarie Harper - Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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