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Teaching at the local elementary school

What fun!

I lead two days of portrait drawing classes this week at Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose. My students were in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades – a VERY energetic group.

The school brought in several artists from the local area. Students got to choose what they wanted to do; including drawing, watercolor, printing, abstraction, and more.

One of my groups with their pastel self portraits:

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What’s the Value of an Art Museum Field Trip?

Museum Field Trips have a lot value for school kids, according to the report by Anne Kraybill (September 16, 2013. Art Museum Teaching). Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, increases appreciation and understanding of history and tolerance of alternative ideas.

For more detail, see The Educational Value of Field Trips by Jay P. Greene, Daniel H. Bowen and Brian Kisida.