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Annual Art Corps Show Features Student Work
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First graders in Guy Lilly’s class at Cloverland Elementary School point at artwork to show their classmates while Mr. Lilly, right, directs their attention to another art piece at the Fifth Annual Art Corps Art Show. - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader
Cloverland Elementary School hosted its Fifth Annual Art Corps art show, “Grow Smart with Art” on May 6 and 7. Student artwork was featured in the art show held in the school cafeteria.
The show featured a single piece of art from every kindergartener through sixth grader in the school, more than 500 pieces. The art was displayed based on the study of one of eight art concepts — shape, line, space, value, texture, composition, color, or famous artist.
Art Corps is a volunteer-based comprehensive program, which encourages Cloverland students to explore and test new ideas through artistic expression. Art Corps is a program that originated in San Diego and brings hands-on art experience instruction to children by teaching artistic fundamentals. A handful of members of the Cloverland Parent Teacher Club brought the program to the school.
Art Corps requires one hour per month in the classroom. The goal of the program is to enhance children’s educational experience, improve self-esteem, inspire creativity, and help students set and reach goals.
Cloverland volunteers have taught over 23,000 art lessons during the first five years of the Art Corps program. More than 60 parent and community volunteers bring art (lessons) to every Cloverland classroom each year.
According to Art Corps literature, art provides the visual spatial skills necessary for engineering, architecture, and design. Studies have shown that art programs improve literacy and critical thinking skills in students.
All classes at the school toured the art show and parents toured the show in the evening. The PTC has continued to raise money to support the program and also sold note cards of several different student artworks at the event. The program is also supported by grant money awarded by the Oakdale Educational Foundation.