The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center includes an Education and Outreach Program that supports the mission of the Paramount by enhancing and expanding arts education opportunities in Central Minnesota through:
- Workshops for classroom and arts teachers to meet their staff development needs
- Training for area teaching-artists to equip them to deliver residencies that support and enrich classroom and organizational experiences in and through the arts
- Residency programs on and off site to enhance learning/life in school and community settings for participants of all ages.
- Facilities and consulting services that help area schools and organizations to access expanded arts experiences for their clients
The Education and Outreach program provides value to Paramount’s mission and program. The program markets art-making as a universal, essential means of self-exploration, of making meaning, and of understanding the world for all people, not just the talented.
The Education and Outreach Coordinator works with existing Directors in the following ways:
- Master classes with groups performing on the Paramount stage
- Educational stage performances
- Programs that help under-served audiences experience live stage performances
- Technical training to assist school and facilities in addressing their technical needs – the purchase and care of theatre equipment and the performance design needs of facilities
- Arts Camp for Educators
- CMAB Rostered Artist Training
- Outreach programs in nursing homes, Boys and Girls Clubs, jails/prisons and other social service organizations
- Development of a teaching-artist catalogue and training to expand the access to local artists for schools and organizations
- Developing relationships with area school districts to expand the role of arts as an essential core academic resource and tool
- Developing relationships with Minnesota arts organizations to develop collaborative opportunities
- Developing connections to new cultures within the community
- Expanding services to under-served populations
Paramount Visual Art Center & River’s Edge Convention Center Field-Trip Opportunities
The Paramount Visual Arts Center was commissioned by the St. Cloud Civic Center to create a feature wall in the newly expanded Rivers Edge Convention Center. The feature wall in the new west main entry is a two-story depiction of the Mississippi River’s ecosystem in Central Minnesota. The Mississippi River created an ecological crossroads in St. Cloud – a place where river, woodland and prairie come together to form a complex and diverse ecosystem. The 40’X25’ wall was created by a collaboration of artists from the Paramount Visual Arts Center and depicts with lifelike accuracy a cross section of the river and 118 different species of the plants, animals, fish and other wildlife that call this place home.
HELPING YOU MEET THE STANDARDS…
The Paramount Visual Arts Center would like to collaborate with local educators to provide field trips that infuse the science curriculum with the arts. Each Field Trip will start at the River’s Edge Convention Center where students will be able to view and discuss the feature wall. The class will continue to the Paramount Visual Arts Center where they will be involved in either tile, painting or drawing projects with local artists, based on the wall and the current educational standards. This letter contains a breakdown of the field trip pricing and potential agendas for different ages based on the MN EDUCATION STANDARDS. We would be happy to work with you to design a field trip to meet your specific needs.
FIELD TRIP COSTS…
1) Artist led discussion of the feature wall at the River’s Edge Convention Center
- 30 Minutes
- Group of up to 50 w/ teachers/chaperones
2) Artist led projects based on wall at the Paramount Visual Arts Center or at the School
- 2 hours
- Group of up to 25
AGENDAS BY AGE GROUP…
Kindergarten: Living & Non Living
Students will explore and identify numerous living and non living things while visiting the mural. Then back at the paramount, they will draw and paint a picture of both living and non-living things using easy to follow templates and transferring methods. They will be able to choose from a wide variety of living and non living things to paint and draw.
1st Grade: Basic needs.
Students will draw and paint a picture that explores how an animal from the feature wall receives its basic needs of space, water, food, shelter, and air from its habitat. Using easy transferring methods with graphite paper, students will recreate an animal, its habitat and needs, and color it in using watercolors.
2nd Grade: Life cycle.
Students will draw and paint a picture that explores the different stages that a plant or animal go through in their lifetime. For a frog this includes egg, tadpole, tadpole with legs, froglet, and adult.
3rd Grade: Grouping animals.
Students will identify many species of each while visiting the mural, and then at the paramount they will paint these species using templates and transferring methods that keep the focus on identifying physical characteristics. Students will be able to identify physical characteristics of animals that indicate what group they are from.
4th Grade: Water cycle.
By painting a picture of the Mississippi river students will explore the role it plays in the water cycle. Students can explore condensation by painting a picture of fog. Precipitation can be imagined by creating a rainy scene of a river. Others may find evaporation fascinating by depicting different water level lines on a riverside rock.
5th Grade: Survival characteristics.
Drawing and painting from mounts at the paramount. Students will focus in on one specific species of animal or plant and represent how its structure and or function provide an advantage for survival in its natural system.
6th Grade: Wave properties: light.
Students will explore the wave properties of light by painting a landscape scene based on the River’s Edge mural. Some simple yet boggling questions covered include:
Why is the sky blue? (light absorption and scattering)
Why does water often appear blue? (reflection)
Why do sunsets appear red? (light absorption and scattering)
7th Grade: Organisms
The students will study how all organisms are composed of cells that carry on the many functions needed to sustain life and will distinguish between plant and animal cells. Students will use characteristics of an organism to identify the kingdom to which it belongs.
8th Grade: Landscape forms and causes.
Using aerial photos and the river’s edge mural as inspiration, students will use their imagination to create aerial paintings featuring erosion, glacial activity, transfer of materials, sediment deposition, human impact, and weather.
Please contact us to discuss and plan the fieldtrips you are interested in and we will work with you to make sure it fits your curriculum
Melissa Gohman • 320-257-3112 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Oxton • 320-257-3127 • email@example.com