Those concepts will spill out into a newly created
The space has taken shape in what used to be an under-used second-story hallway with plain white walls. Now it is adorned with paintings, prints, carvings and textiles, all mounted and awaiting the students' return.
A series of American contemporary color studies, a red floral Japanese kimono and obi, wooden carvings from
"The art gallery is a functioning teaching space," she said. "Its main purpose is to teach around the big ideas."
Those ideas include not just the art techniques and history, but also how art is commissioned, procured and curated and what it means to be a patron, Lindsay said.
Faculty members and families completed the actual physical work of building the components of the gallery, painting the walls and hanging art. Placards identifying each work have been hung in such a fashion that even young students can easily read them.
In the next phase of the gallery's development, Lindsay said, screens will be added to run slide shows of famous works of art and student-produced pieces. One screen is planned at each end of the hallway, with the art space in between representing a journey between the two. WCA will also hold events such as artist talks, parent education sessions and an opening reception. There are spaces for displaying student work, too.
"When we display (their) work with the best, it says to our kids, 'We value your work,'" Lindsay said.
The material on loan from the
"The wonderful thing about the folks (at WCA) is how dedicated they have been to really forward planning and creating almost like a curriculum that goes along with the materials they're getting," Allison said. "They put their time and energy into it and really created something valuable for the students that makes great use of what we have."
Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 identifies the arts as a "core academic subject" alongside math, language arts, history, foreign languages and more. According to a 2006 report titled "Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement," and produced by the
"Additionally, research has shown that what students learn in the arts may help them to master other subjects, such as reading, math or social studies," the report continues.
The debut of WCA's art gallery coincides with the launch of the school's new Advanced Placement art history class, which Lindsay will teach. The class has attracted 25 juniors and seniors, who have some hefty summer reading to do from a college-level textbook, "Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Global History."
There's also a social media aspect. The class will require students to use Twitter to follow museums across the world, and will teach them how to evaluate art and understand the language used to discuss it.
Lindsay called the class "30,000 years of art in eight months."
"They'll start to see that the world is passionate about art," she explained, describing it as an extremely difficult and sophisticated class.
She added: "I want kids to fall in love and see things they never would have seen before."
The new gallery will accomplish that, too, Lindsay said.
"It's a teaching space, a space for patronage, a place for our permanent collection and general art appreciation."
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