Sylvester Felder has been with Prince George’s County Public Schools since he started teaching, and as an art teacher he finds himself constantly surrounded by creativity, ingenuity, and excitement. He does this because it is a part of his core life experience, and helping future generations make their art and express themselves is an awarding career. His background includes a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design and a Masters in the Art of Teaching, both obtained from the University of the District of Columbia. Being born and raised in Washington D.C., Felder likes to say he grew up in the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and upon several occasions the Phillips Collection! Art and learning is his passion and he endeavors to be his best at all times. When not teaching or learning, which is never, he likes to spend time biking, swimming, running, and writing.
Contact Sylvester Felder at [email protected].
Gallery of Arts-Integrated Work
SCHOOL: Thomas S. Stone Elementary
TEACHER: Sylvester Felder
CLASS: Art, Grades K-5
PRISM.K12 STRATEGIES: Connect, Express, and Synthesize
PHILLIPS ARTWORK INSPIRATION: William Christenberry’s Photography
The purpose of this arts-integrated project is to demonstrate the connection between the visual artist and the poet. By studying the photography of William Christenberry, students are able to see the use of text in his images and further interpret the sense of mood and expression of the subject matter he chose. Students synthesized their study of text and mood into artist books by combining many elements and aspects of the creative process. They expressed themselves in their photos and poetry, connected their theme to their drawings, and used a variety of materials to synthesize their books. Poetic styles include Free-verse, Diamante, Found, and Haiku.