Claude Thompson Elementary School

Visiting Artists 

We are working with Claude Thompson Elementary School and local artists to bring unique art styles and perspectives to to the schools.  Students have been learning a wide variety of cultural art techniques, from the Alaskan Arctic to the deserts of New Mexico. We also had a visiting scientist who uses chemistry and pH to create his own pigments for watercolor art. 

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Science and Art

Visiting scientist Nicholas Anderson Taught students how to use chemistry to create watercolor pigments out of cabbage juice.


Students learned about pH and added lemon juice and baking soda to cabbage juice to create pink, purple, and blue pigments to paint with.

Sand Painting

Visiting artist and researcher Christina Nelson talked about her work in New Mexico and showed students the art styles and geology in the Southwest.


Students created Navajo inspired sand art using sand colors inspired by the array of colors found in minerals found across the desert landsape.

Soap Carving

Students learned about Inuit art, including soapstone, antler and mammoth ivory carving. Students were able to touch and see real moose antler, woolly mammoth tusk and Inuit carvings!

Each student created an arctic animal carving out of soap