Mark Miller wants his daughter, Evangeline, a second-grader at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge, to open her eyes to the world around her.
Every student in the school spends at least an hour with Sue Skillman in an art class each week, Skillman said, and every second-grader learns about the art of different cultures.
When she came home from studying Persian art, her father said, Evangeline looked up articles about the Persian culture in general, and started paying attention to the cherry blossom schedule in Washington D.C. when the class studied Japanese art, creating tissue paper cherry blossoms as an art project.
“In fact, we put the cherry blossoms in D.C. on our bucket list, so we may very well be taking her out for a few days later this year,” Miller said.
Evangeline was at the piano set up in the cafeteria to serve as musical entertainment during the school’s annual art show, where students host their parents and grandparents and guide them through their “gallery” — essentially every wall at the school — and stop for lunch in the school’s cafeteria.
Miller said arts education provides so much more than a well-rounded attitude, though. She’s learning as much about math as music in her piano studies, he said.
That’s what Skillman keeps in mind as she prepares art lessons for her students — she spends time with every student at Trinity each week from kindergarten to fifth grades.
It’s part of what makes Trinity so unique, she said.
“Parents absolutely love this,” she said of the annual art show, and art lessons are also a big hit with students, and always include elements of math, reading and science as part of each project.