It may seem strange that students can learn math and writing through drawing, but schools have started to approach teaching core subjects through art.
“That small motor control helps the kids do everything faster as they age, so they’re going to be able to write quicker, they’re going to be able to draw things quicker, and it will help with just automaticity of all sorts of things in the classroom,” said Cameron Elementary School Principal Lori Neurohr.
The school is teaching subjects such as geometry and writing with this new interdisciplinary approach, using art lessons to reinforce the content of the main subjects.
In geometry, kindergarten students learn to draw shapes. They then put the shapes together to make pictures.
First graders will have a chance to draw superheros. This is related to their ability to write stories and talk about the characters.
The program is funded by a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) grant for $16,000, which was matched by Kiwanis of Gladstone, and PTOs for different schools in the district.
“What we’re finding is that when you link art to content like mathematics and writing, it really opens up the children,” said grant writer Kristine Paulsen.