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River Calendar

School: Illinois Valley High School

City/State: Cave Junction, OR

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Format(s): Calendar

Subject(s): Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

This calendar was created through a collaborative project between high school and elementary school students called Art Share. Although the final calendar was created by high school students from Illinois Valley High School, Cave Junction, Oregon, each page is a collage that combined the work of students of different ages.

Art Share is a robust art/outdoor community project in which students across ages spend time outdoors observing nature and collecting information through writing and sketching. Students paired up to create the pages of the calendar based on their work outdoors together.

The art in this calendar is a combination of pencil-line drawings and scratchboard images.

Money from the sale of the calendar went to fund future fieldwork experiences.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Beautiful model of a calendar.
  • Exemplifies collaboration between younger and older students.
  • A strong outdoor project.
  • Fine example of combining arts, academics and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Black and white format is very compelling and yields an extraordinary final product.
  • Beautiful example of scratchboard artwork. Notice the stunning detail in some of the work. See for example: March, April and September.
  • Highlights a type of fieldwork that combines art and science.

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can use a style manual appropriate for the discipline and type of writing.
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