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Picture books inspire original art at Montgomery

Polar bear and wolf art by Montgomery students

Montgomery Elementary School students are drawing on their favorite library books for inspiration in art class. This collaboration between librarian Monica Garcia and art teacher Jessica Rivera is a joint effort to elevate their unit on animals.

For one project, students researched nocturnal animals in the library and used that inspiration to create owls in art class, where the kids learned about texture as they painted with bubble wrap.

After reading "Polar Bear in the Snow," students drew polar bears and focused on incorporating color in the background.

"I think it's important to collaborate with others on campus because it allows the opportunity to expand on lessons and really enrich them in different ways," said Garcia. "It also raises engagement for the students because they have built some background knowledge about a topic and that helps to raise their efforts and overall achievement."

Montgomery students made owls with bubble wrapAfter students read "Fredrico and the Wolf" with Garcia, they explored tint and grayscale in art class with Rivera. This exercise included combining the colors black and white to make gray.

Collaboration is key across every campus. The partnership between Garcia and Rivera shows once again how librarians can expand and enrich the resources our students need to connect with the curriculum.

April is School Library Month and April 4-8 is National Library Week. Thank you to all of the NEISD librarians who work so hard to support our campuses and students #theNEISDway.

Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 4-4-22