CAS Featured Student Artists: Brewster Elementary School 3rd Grade Class

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Brewster Elementary School 3rd Grade Class

“Healthy Foods Sculpture”

Brewster Elementary School

Durham, CT


Selected by Ruth Dwyer, Art Educator, Essex Elementary:

Ruth Dwyer is an arts educator who encourages her students to make connections between themselves and the world around them.  “Art production is a natural process that provides a sensory journey of connectedness.”  Dwyer provides various art materials, exciting visual references, common threads between disciplines and a platform for exploration…… “the rest is up to the artist. I step back as the students explore and that is when amazing things happen!”

The Healthy Foods Sculpture project was part of a school-wide Physical Education/Health initiative and a collaboration between Dwyer’s art program and P.E. teacher Alex Edwards’, Healthy Snack Challenge.  Students were asked to keep track of their healthy snack choices.  The goal was to promote awareness of what we eat and the choices we make when it comes to healthy foods.  The 3rd graders used a modeling material to create a sculpture of their favorite healthy food.  The sculptures look so real you may be fooled with quick glance.


About the CAS Featured Student Artist 

In partnership with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS)  and proudly brought to you by  Wood N’ Tap,  FOX61 will spotlight a CAS Featured Student Artist each month. This campaign recognizes excellence and promotes the value of The Arts for students in grades K-12 across Connecticut.

Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) choose the students featured on the recommendation of the administration in their school district including principals and teachers in the arts. Each Featured Student Artist will receive a gift card from Wood N’ Tap restaurant group and a CT Art Trail Art Passport from the The Connecticut Art Trail.


About the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS):

The Mission:  is to promote excellence in the education of all students by developing the skills and effectiveness of school leaders including administrators, staff and students.

The Purpose: is a private, non‐profit organization whose purpose is to improve the learning of every student in Connecticut by contributing to the improvement of elementary and secondary education. CAS, through its divisions including the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), works to serve the collective interests and needs of Connecticut schools by providing leadership and professional development services to promote excellence in the education of all students.

Theory of Action: believe that the intellectual, physical and emotional growth and development of students will improve and be sustained through strengthening and aligning organizational systems closest to the instructional core within schools.   We also believe that athletics and other student activities enrich and support student engagement in the learning process.    We believe further that because improved student growth and learning are significantly influenced by adults, the primary responsibility of leadership is to improve the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the adults in the system.  Finally, we believe that through effective support and accountability systems, school leaders can develop their instructional and organizational leadership capacities for the purpose of promoting a high degree of student learning.

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