San Marcos CISD elementary art students recently fulfilled standardized curriculum requirements by studying the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and listening to his famous speeches, such as “I Have a Dream.”
Students learned of King’s non-violent approach to political/social change and about the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 1964. Working with King’s messages and images, the students produced artwork currently on display at two elementary schools and a community center.
Kay Posey, who teaches art at Mendez Elementary School and Hernandez Elementary School, said the students picked their favorite King quotes that were posted around her classroom for inspiration and discussion. The quotes included:
• “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and enables the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”
• “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Iris Campbell, San Marcos CISD spokesperson, said the instructional challenge involved determining how to incorporate requirements of the art Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), specifically, TEK #1 (balance/proportion/perception), TEK #2 (creative expression and varied media) and TEK #3 (cultural and historic events, people).
Posey said she was “blown away” by the results. The student artwork is on display at Mendez and Elementary School and Hernandez Elementary School. At least 20 pieces were delivered to community activist Harvey Miller for a special exhibit at the Dunbar Community Center.