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With artist in the schools
* Program brings art to eager
county elementary students
By VAL SHORT
Students at Central Grammar,
Hertford Grammar and Perquimans
Union schools are learning more than
die "three r's" this semester with the
niew arts program, now underway.
Taught by local artist Rebecca
Spivey, the program is now in its
third week. "The children are just
elated," commented the instructor.
? The program came about through
a community challenge grant from
*he North Carolina Arts Council,
according to Susan Winslow,
elementary school coordinator, who
wrote the proposal for the grant.
' Matched with county school funds,
the arts program will continue
through the end of the school year
only. Winslow said the grant provides
funding for one semester only for
schools in need of cultural arts
Spivey plans to spend about four
weeks at each school, providing
about 10 art lessons for each class.
Each student is seen from two to
three times each week, according to
Spivey and her "classroom on
wheels," a rolling cart containing
instructional materials and art
.supplies, are eagerly anticipated by
'the young students. "The children
are loving it. It's like they are
starved for it," said the instructor.
Spivey said her students are at
tentive and cooperative ? even the
kindergarten groups. "Age makes no
difference in attitude," she com
Spivey is using basically the same
outline in teaching all of her classes.
Students are learning about basic
shapes, color theory, values and
design during the art classes.
Understanding simple element? of
design, learning to identify light and
dark in art work, recognizing the
difference in pure and mixed colors
and becoming aware of geometric
shapes are all among Spivey's ob
jectives for the art classes.
Spivey said the program is very
beneficial for the children. "Children
need the opportunity to express
creativity and to explore new ways of
expressing themselves," she said.
"Young children don't know that
they cannot do something, so they do.
They are not molded into a standard
art form and are not afraid to ex
press themselves," she continued.
Self-expression is not the only
benefit of the program, however.
Spivey said, "Art goes a long way
toward helping students in the area
Many of the art lessons serve as
reinformcement for lessons in other
classes, said Spivey. For example,
students also learn about color
theory in science and geometric
shapes in math.
Students in Spivey's art classes
will have an opportunity to show
examples of their work at an art
show scheduled Thursday night
during the Central Elementary PTA
meeting. Each child will have at
least one example in the show, which
will be held in the auditorium.
Spivey is a 1977 graduate of
Elisabeth City State University,
where she majored in Art Education.
She has also taught art in the
Franklin County School system as
well as through the College of the
Albemarle continuing education
program. She and her COA art
students are responsible for the
mural being painted on the Hertford
Hardware building on Church Street.
Married to the Rev. Ken Spivey
and a native of Randolph County,
Spivey said she really enjoys
teaching art to young students, but
that "students of any age have their
own special qualities."
Spivey's contract will expire June
30 and she hopes to implement a
short summer program after school
closes. "I just wish there was more
time. Ten lessons is such a small
exposure," she said.
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A one semster art program is
now underway at three of the
Perquimans four schools and
Rebecca Spivey, instructor
for the program, is currently
working at Central Grammar
School. The program is
funded with a challenge grant
from the N.C. Arts Council
matched with county funds.
Mrs. Hattie T. Riddick, a retired
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