When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
This humorous and insightful story by Howard Ikemoto, artist and art professor, has become widely quoted by many institutions stressing the importance of the arts in education.
Ideas from Past Grants
Ideas from Other Foundations
Natural Print Impressions: Over the course of a year, students engaged in different printmaking activities designed around the changing seasons. Materials were varied and included leaves, foam, sponge and found objects. Artwork was then displayed throughout the school.
Songs in the Key of Art: Everyone learns their ABCs by singing them to a catchy tune. Why not use music to teach content in other subject areas? This is the premise behind an art project that paired the study of famous artists with songs like The Red and Yellow Blues and Van Gogh (No Stereo) to enhance students’ retention of facts about the artist and his/her individual style.
Clay’s the Way: Depending on their age and readiness, students used either Crayola Modeling Compound or earthenware clay to create both two and three-dimensional objects including bowls, cups and sculpture. At the school’s Family Open House, the project was carried through as families were invited to an open studio clay workshop to create sculptures together that could be taken home at the end of the evening.
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