Principal - Crayola Supplement - September/October 2016 - 2

Art as Personal
Identity Narratives
Visual gateways to exploring self & others.

Vansville Elementary Sch
ool,
Beltsville, Maryland

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rt integration is a
rigorous teaching
strategy that helps
students understand
complex, multifaceted
subjects. It's uniquely
well-suited to strengthening students'
social-emotional learning and
creating personal identity narratives
that expand their understanding of
self and others. Children's personal
identity narratives can-and should-
be ambiguous and ever-shifting. The
quest to see one's personal identity
in new light, to shape and reshape
it, and then to share it with others
is a reflective process that impacts
students' confidence and behavior.
The art-rich iterative process of taking
what is familiar, challenging it, and
expanding it-to look at "who I am"
in a new context-is a powerful way of
developing a sense of self.

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Exemplary educators have shared
examples of using art-integration
projects to explore personal identity
issues-through visuals and creative
writing-that result in students creating
multiple narratives about who they
are, where they come from, what has
influenced them, and how others
perceive them. This reflective work
changes how students see themselves
today and who they become. The
imaginative nature of art enables
children to move from the static here
and now to transcend both time and
location, and envision themselves in
new ways. The historic and cultural
nature of art enables children to
explore traditions-their own and
others'-to see how ancestral narratives
and artifacts influence beliefs and
dispositions. Implementing these
strategies in your school can impact
students' sense of self and well-being.

Principal Special Supplement ■ September/October 2016

Our Past Affects
Our Future
Apply the lessons learned from
Theresa Vaisa, principal of Santo
Niño Regional Catholic School, to
your school. She has deep personal
roots in the Santa Fe, New Mexico,
community and its three historically
prominent cultures: Anglo, Spanish,
and Native American. She envisioned
a creative leadership project for her
faculty and students, "Art of Our
Elders Helps Create Our Futures,"
knowing that respect of others' history
would unfold as students studied the
ancestral art forms.
Her students stepped back in time
and imagined growing up in the
1800s as they walked through the
reconstructed homes and simulated
villages in local museums. They began
to see recurring historical patterns,
pointing to their similarities instead
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