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Education, Art Students Collaborate with International Newcomer Academy

Students from the College of Education and the School of Art planned an art and language unit for students enrolled in Kelly LaFarge’s upper high school classes at the International Newcomer Academy (INA) in Fort Worth ISD. Lessons were taught for two weeks in October and their art projects were placed on display during International Week. INA students visited TCU on Tuesday, November 15 to tour the TCU campus, see their artwork on display and have lunch and discussions related to college readiness.

Students from TCU taught the art technique of cyanotype for their art project, learning to improve their language skills and increase confidence in the process. Students made stencils and arranged them on light sensitive blue photo paper. Then, they took the paper outside and exposed it to sunlight. The result is a “sun print” of the stenciled, blocked out area, showing as white on blue paper.

INA students come from all over the world and spend two semesters at the school to learn English and content subjects before going to their respective FWISD high schools.

Dr. Cecilia Silva established a partnership with INA when she came to TCU more than 20 years ago.

Silva and Dr. Sara Philips work with Parent Coordinator Faiha Al-Atrash to give TCU students experience and give INA students exposure to college.

Middle School Education student Fairrin Thomas is enrolled in Practicum in Reading and ESL with Dr. Philips. She and Faith Dickerson taught INA students how to write statements to accompany their work.

“I enjoyed working with the students at INA! I not only brushed up on my art skills, but I also connected with the students,” Thomas said. “Each student has a unique personality and their artwork represents each one of them.”

Tessa Evans, Anna Guillory and Sydney Peel are enrolled in The Child and Visual Arts with Dr. Amanda Allison and taught the cyanotype lesson and also assisted with artist statements. Guillory filmed the INA students talking about their work.

“I will always remember this experience as witnessing how art can speak more than words between two people,” Guillory said.