Art workshop helps shape children for the future

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Michelle Easton, the director of the workshop, and Rita Grant, a high school art teacher at Boone County, have just embarked on the week long journey of their first art workshop at NKU.

The workshop, titled “Cartooning under the Sea,” uses many sea creatures to convey art foundations and help the children gain new vocabulary.

Grant’s job is to help the students create a drawing based off of an example. From there she suggested adding details to make it their own personal artwork. She encourages them to use a large variety of colors and textures to help the artwork come to life.

“It’s not only an art camp,” says Grant. “It also gets into some amazing vocabulary for the students, and it gives them the techniques that they need to know for the future.”

Although the kids are quite serious about making their artwork look nice, Grant keeps it quirky and fun by having the sea creatures in the drawings doing things such as listening to music and swimming up to stoplights. Grant also helps the students engage with her and each other by having them find how the small shapes in the drawing all add to the big picture.

Easton said at first, the students were a little bit apprehensive about the final piece that they will be creating on Friday which includes a piece of everything they learned the week before.

“By being able to show them that we can take something large, and break it down into small parts, you will see their confidence grow as they continue to do it,” says Easton. “Art has a significant impact on learning, and we teach fundamentals that can translate to learning in any type of curriculum.”

By taking any class that Young Rembrandts offers, it can help them improve learning, not only in their school career, but in their personal life as well.

Elizabeth Juengling