Lake Powell Chronicle Teaching art in the name of art

Robin Bradley’s philosophy for her summer art class is Art for Art’s sake. She has created a space, an environment in which the creativity of her students can flourish and where artistic experimentation is encouraged. Bradley teaches art at Page Middle School, and this summer she is teaching an art class for the PUSD summer enrichment program.

“We spend the regular school year studying art standards, techniques and different methods,” Bradley said. “Once my students learn them, we will take some time to use them to make art, but then we have to move on to the next set of standards. But my summer art class is different. My summer hours are fun to create art using the skills and techniques we learned during the year, and we create art just for the joy of creating art. ”

Student artist Makaila Goutson loves summer art classes. “I love making art,” she said.

As much as Goutson loves to create art and attend art classes, she loves the orchestra even more. So during the regular school year, she attends orchestra classes, not art classes, but she wants to have time to do both. She was very excited to hear that Paige Middle School was offering an art class in the summer. Goutson loves all art forms, but her favorite form is sketching.

“I always do,” she said. “When I’m at home and in my spare time, but it was fun to be able to do it with other people.”

Another student, Truex Williams, who will be in eighth grade next school year, enjoys having time to experiment with his art projects. One area that Williams enjoyed working on during his summer art class was honing his shading skills. “I like to explore different colors and use different color combinations, and when I find one I like, I make it look really nice with shading,” he said. “I love making it shine!”

Finding color combinations that work well together, and proper shading, involves a lot of trial and error, he says. Sometimes he throws unsatisfactory work in the trash and starts again.

That’s a good quality for an artist, Bradley said. “Every time you try it – shading – it becomes more complex and experimental.”

Of course, students are free to create art on their own terms whenever they want in their own homes, but the school has something that students may not have at home: large amounts of art resources and supplies. In the Bradley Arts Classroom, students have free access to a variety of art paper, paper creases, wax melters, paint, brushes, stamps, presses, and pencils. And the shelves in Bradley’s classroom are cluttered with old ones National Geographicsand photographic magazines. Her children can watch them for inspiration or cut photos out of them for the collages they create.

Learning the techniques and standards of creating art is a very important aspect for novice artists, Bradley said, but just as important – probably more important for the development of a future artist – is to have these periods of free creation, because then a young artist falls in love. in art and creates art.

“Yes, it is important for students to learn the right techniques, but it is just as important for them to learn to love art and to experience that amazing feeling that you only experience when you have created something beautiful that brings them, or someone else, a lot of joy. Said Bradley. “It is in times like these, when developing artists are allowed to create freely, to explore the forces of their creativity, when they become artists throughout their lives. And this is something I encourage all year round. In my classroom, I want to create more than art. I want to create artists. “

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