“I was inspired to be an artist be seeing professional artists when I was young. By working at Chabot Elementary, the kids get to see an example of someone who makes art in their day-to-day life.”
– Vivian Harp, CCA CONNECTS Fellow
Vivian Harp worked at Chabot Elementary School under the mentorship of art teacher Amber Miller, assisting instruction of art students through class preparation, one-on-one guidance, and curriculum development, Vivian used her expertise in ceramics to design a pinch pot lesson for the students.
This Connects Fellowship is an example of:
- Mutual Mentorship
- Artistic Inspiration
- Learning Life Skills
- Importance of Helping Hands
Vivian reflects on what she has been learning from the Students she teaches:
I’ve learned that kids will surprise you in every way possible. Like this morning they were looking at art and kind of discussing what they saw and they always said something I totally could not predict. So I feel like their responses are actually teaching me different perspectives on art that I wouldn’t know otherwise.
Amber Miller spoke about the benefit of Vivians ceramic lesson:
I learned from Vivian because I haven’t taken a lot of ceramics classes. Getting to hear her work with the students on clay helped me rethink how to teach the kids and how to work with a specific material. – Amber Miller, Art Teacher, Chabot Elementary School.
Site Mentor, Amber Miller(L) and CCA Fellow, Vivian Harp (R) share how CONNECTS impact them and their community:
“My fellow impacts my community with her one-on-one teaching method – seeking out students that need more support and modeling correct behavior. Her value is priceless!”
“I get to learn about social interactions and learning styles which inspires my personal practice.”