GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Georgetown College Art Education students enjoy introducing youngsters at nearby Garth Elementary School to the essentials of art through a weekly after school Art Club offered as part of a collaborative among the college’s Service-Learning Program, Department of Art, and Fine Art Galleries.

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Garth Elementary students study a recent exhibit in the Wilson Art Gallery.

Since there are currently no art classes at Garth, this is a wonderful opportunity for young people who might not otherwise get to experience works of art in a professional museum/gallery setting. Upwards of 20 students participate in the program, now in its second year.

“They get the opportunity to see art and learn how to act around it. It’s really fun – they get to create art of their own as part of the experience,” says Jeanette Tesmer, Director of Art Galleries/Curator of Collections for GC. “I’m blown away by it; we end up with some really awesome pieces of art.”

The Garth students benefit from receiving basic art knowledge that will “aid in their critical thinking, science, and math in the future,” says Tesmer, who adds that because many of the Art Education students themselves are not art majors they are finding ways to connect important lessons in art with their own current studies.

Tesmer also says it is hoped that the outreach can be expanded to other Scott County schools which do not have an active art program.