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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:53 PM

7. Art is very underrated, underfunded and under-appreciated in the public school ...

I have two kiddos, seventh grade and fourth. Art is once a week for the grade school and everyday for the 7th grader.

Art projects covered in public school are pretty ho-hum, too crafty for my tastes. I don't blame the teacher, although she is a teabagger which boggles my mind.

Once a week the kids and I take a watercolor class outside of school. The two hours spent focusing on painting has spurred the following curious gains:

Understanding of ecosystems and ability to see connections, even in a bland landscape.
Biology of flowers.
Chemistry of pigments - warm and cool primaries in the modern color theory
Working/communicating with other art students with disabilities on a level field of art. (this is segregated in their school)
Instead of seeking a grade, the kids are observing and creating worlds of their own.
Types of clouds are now a conversation topic.
The ability to plan and execute their own art project from beginning to end. (continuing growth)

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