Learning is a lot of fun when art classes use math and science too.
As the colored blocks sat piled at the art class tables groups of fifth graders took turns placing them into stacks. The room was abuzz with chatter at Stonebridge elementary School in Stillwater.
Shasta Linehan took her turn and placed her block on the top. “Make it look crazy,” she said.
The art class is a new addition to the elementary school curriculum. It is part of an overall effort to engage students with a type of education called STEAM, or a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
“Art doesn’t just exist alone, science doesn’t just exist alone,” said art teacher Jason Kherer. “People should have a wide skill base, and that is what education is looking to do by implementing STEAM.”
A decade ago, art classes ceased to be a part of the elementary curriculum in the Stillwater Area Schools, but that has changed. There is a new focus on teaching problem solving through creativity and communication. Art is the answer to the development of many of those skills.