Below is a reprint of the article that appeared in the November 19th Press Sentinal
Children have an inherent ability for creating art. Art is one of the most important ways people tell us how they view the world. As an Art teacher I am a skilled and enthusiastic facilitator to the students' critical thinking and creating process. Art is a language of thought that is accessible to all students, not just the talented or well-connected few. Child development professional Grace Lynch revealed in her article, The Importance of Art in Child Development, that motor skills, language development and inventiveness are essential developmental skills children receive when given formal training in the arts. She also found that visual learning, cultural awareness and improved academic proficiency are benefits within a good Arts program.
According to the 2015 Public School Data and Principal Perspective report on Arts Education in Georgia, 81% of the public schools currently offer a visual arts program for their elementary school aged students. Unfortunately, Wayne County falls into the hapless remainder that does not provide such a program at the elementary level. Given the current obsession with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), you don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more Art teachers. However, as I also teach technology I don’t balk at the relevance of the STEM program, I merely wish to enlighten, encourage and enable parents who embrace the importance of art during their student’s primary years and provide for them a foundation of art literacy needed for success in the Wayne county middle school art program.
The 7 Elements of Art:
The elements of art are the "building blocks" of art. This is the vocabulary we use to describe works of art. All students must be able to define and identify each of the Elements by the time they leave 5th grade as expressed on page 5 of the Georgia Performance Arts Standards. Using these sanctioned criteria as our guide, each month, for the next 6 months we will explore an Element of Art using online and local resources. Together, we will nurture your child’s art ability and have fun too. In addition to an Art Element, I will also feature a different art teacher, their videos that appear on YouTube, and other online resources that will greatly enhance your student’s art experience with that element. I encourage you and your student to subscribe to their channels and pages so you may continue to enjoy them far after this series is completed. Let’s begin!
This month let’s learn about LINES!
Line: A path created by a moving point, mark or object. It is a dot that takes a walk. Lines can be straight, swirly, wavy, jagged, dotted, dashed, broken, thick, thin, zig zag, diagonal, vertical, horizontal, curved, bold, parallel or perpendicular. Learning about lines can be super-fun when you learn with a fun and funky song.
The educational composers at Scratch Garden makes lines fun and memorable.Here is a link to their web page:
Cassie Stevens is a fun and FABULOUS art teacher! Click the link below to learn how you as a parent can teach your child more about lines by making a 3D art sculpture!
Your student is unique there is no doubt about that. With this next resource, your student can explore their uniqueness through a story called after which they will design fun and fancy fish pictures using many different types of lines.
Our local Arts Council provides some great classes for ages 6-9 if you find that you want more of a “one-on-one” directed art experience. Call (912)294-6997 for more information.
Beginning November 10th, the Savannah College of Art and Design has some wonderful new exhibitions that are free and definitely worth a visit. Go to scadmoa.org to learn more about museum membership, as well as these and other upcoming exhibitions.
See you next month when we explore the wonderful world of COLOR! - Ms. Becky