Arts Based School


Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is committed to active and creative scholarly exploration that engages students, their family/community and all school personnel in the learning experience. A strong core curriculum that builds on students’ life experiences and multiple ways of knowing/learning will be realized through individualized and intimate integrated interdisciplinary, arts-based instruction. 
Learn more about Arts Based School on their website.  

Weaving Connections is the result of a month-long documentary filmmaking residency at Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Eighth graders explored the local history of textiles and its disappearance, which lead to understanding the post-industrial economy, migrations and transitions resulting from globalization. Students documented field trips, interviewed industry leaders, dyed fabric, and composed a powerful visual story. Local ties to our global landscape come vividly to life in this short documentary.


Full documentary above, or watch the trailer here.


Read more about ABS and Weaving Connections in the Winston Salem Monthly.

My Inside/Outside Self  is my signature project. Students study portraiture and create black and white self-portraits. Image in hand, they write a self-portrait narrative, detailing what lives inside them - their dreams and wonder, feelings and observations, family and memory.  

Collaboration is the art of working together. Two fourth graders explain how they teamed up to write a narrative text to go along with the  illustrated book Tuesday

Class Portrait - Identifying Us is the culmination of an artist residency with 8th graders, entitled "Text + Context". Students made portraits of one another and developed through discussion a unifying sentence describing who they are as a class, the Class of 2017. 

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