26 Nov More than Art
Developing our students’ artistic talent and knowledge is a high priority at Hope Partnership. All of our middle school students have art class twice a week, and we frequently offer art activities as part of our After-School Enrichment Program. Hope’s connection to art was featured on a state level. Leah – the school’s art teacher – submitted a proposal to the Pennsylvania Association of Art Educators and was chosen to present at their annual convention at Penn State, earlier this month.
Leah’s presentation was called “AHA Moment – Team Building with Teens.” The talk was about connecting some of the social and personal tensions that adults have in the workplace to the same social and emotional issues students sometimes face in art class. Using team building, Leah provided a positive work community encouraging creativity and offering a safe place for self-expression – shifting the focus from the individual to the community. The students’ focused on the four elements and when you visit Hope Partnership, you’ll see lovely depictions of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in our Hope Room. Leah was able to communicate so much more than art techniques as she unpacked the challenges, complexity – and ultimately delight – in marrying art and community with a group of 13- and 14-year-olds.