Angelita delaPena is an elementary teacher of more than 23 years. Shifting from her regular Reading and Social Studies assignment to become a Visual Arts teacher in Prince George’s County is monumental. With the experience of teaching the Arts in the Philippines, focusing on abstract art, she is reconnecting to her love of the Visual Arts.
Contact Angelita delaPena at [email protected].
Gallery of Arts-Integrated Work
SCHOOL: Panorama Elementary
TEACHER: Angelita delaPena
CLASS: Art, Grade 5
PRISM.K12 STRATEGIES: Connect, Empathize, and Express
PHILLIPS ARTWORK INSPIRATION: Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, Dorothea Lange, Photographs of the Children of the Great Depression and Migrant Mother
As students read and discussed the stories of children during the great war, and of the migration of different people to America, students studied the expressions of the people in each photograph and empathized with their experience by “walking” in their shoes to understand the challenges and the difficulties each person faced. Students connected to the fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and passiveness that they observed in the photographs and expressed themselves by giving their person their names and their own personality through their drawing.