Studies show a fine arts education including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades.
The Tulsa (OK) Chapter of Links, Incorporated created “A Celebration of Youth through the Arts” which is a two-year transformational program that would present Art subjects based on the “7 Principles of Learning Art” to students by various trained artists.
Using the 7 principle styles of learning for elementary school children we hope to develop new artistic talents within the students. The Learning Styles for K-8 Grades consist of:
- Visual – spatial; one prefers using picture images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural – auditory-musical; you prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal – linguistic; you prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical – kinesthetic; you prefer using your body, hand and sense of touch.
- Logical – mathematical; you prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social – interpersonal; you prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary – intrapersonal; you prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Two goals have been established for the Gilcrease Elementary School Fourth Grade Art students. The first goal will increase the knowledge of visual arts at by twenty-five percent by May 2017. The second goal will demonstrate the use of art techniques, skills, forms and color (Elements of Art for 4th grade) by creating original works of art for the Links Poster Arts Contest in May 2018.
Each month, a trained artist introduced an element of art. Some sessions covered, “What is Art?”, “Elements of Art”, and a field-trip to Greenwood Cultural Center where the students viewed exhibits that included pictures, articles and art memorializing Black American history as well as historical facts significant to Tulsa. One session also included a field trip to the Glassblowing Studio where students made art pieces. Artists from the Tulsa Girls Art School taught students to make origami sketch books and the University of Tulsa, School of Art worked with the students to create a montage using yarn, beads, glitter, crayon, and color pencils supplied by the university.