Hammond brings art to O.P. EarlePublished 1:32pm Friday, January 11, 2013
South Carolina has designated as the state handcraft, the Sweetgrass Basket. Sweetgrass, being native to the coastal dunes of the Carolinas, provided the perfect material for African slaves to utilize their traditional skills and produce a tightly-woven coiled basket.
This handcraft has been passed down through generations and a high concentration of basket weavers is still found near Mount Pleasant.
This collaboration between related arts teachers and third grade level teachers is an example of arts infusion. The exceptional story of South Carolina is the focus of third-grade Social Studies Academic Standards. Students make authentic connections between the study of South Carolina social studies and the visual arts.
By incorporating the arts into academic instruction both disciplines support and strengthen each other.
A Kessler Cultural Evening reception honoring Mrs. Hammond will take place on Jan. 15.
– article submitted by Paula Brooks