By KATE COLEMANAssociated PressSEATTLE (AP)An art group in Washington state has created a clip-art graduation for students in a middle school and says they are trying to change the way young people learn about art.
K-12 art is a core subject in K-12 schools across the country and a topic on the minds of students at several arts organizations.
It’s an art that can be seen in pop culture and can also be seen on the page of the art form itself.
But it is not always appreciated.
For a long time, art schools didn’t have the resources to make art available online, said Stephanie Foltz, an art historian at the University of Washington.
The Seattle Art Museum created an online art gallery that has since grown into a community of art lovers.
It’s called the Art in Schools Initiative.
“It’s a very powerful tool for the community to find artists, find spaces for them, and see them interact with each other and create something that they would be proud of,” Foltzz said.
The group has more than 50,000 members, and it’s looking for ways to make their art available more widely.
“Art is a social experience,” Folez said.
“If we can get the art in the community out there, we can create a stronger sense of community.”
Students at the middle school are using clip art as a way to help them develop their own art.
“I think it’s important to look at it as a kind of a gift,” said Lizzy Haines, an eighth grader.
“We can teach them that we can make something beautiful, and that the world is beautiful and that we’re a part of it.
We can make art, and they can make money.”
Art is not just a fun way to create art, but it can help them build their careers, said Jessica Kuehn, who is also a K-9 teacher.
“To me, art is not something that’s just a tool to be played with, it’s something that will make your life better,” she said.
Kuehn said she has students use clip art to show them how to make things.
“The art is something that we learn together and that’s important because it’s the only way to get out of the house,” she added.
She said they’ve even used it to teach kids how to be creative with materials.
“Kids can make the same thing out of whatever they want and use it as their own thing,” Kuehns said.
It doesn’t matter if they’re using a 3-D printer, paintbrush, paint spray, a watercolor pad, or a pen.
“Just using their imagination,” Kühn said.
“They just can’t do it by themselves.”
They’re also making their own designs for them to put on their projects, such as stickers, to share with their friends.
“You know, I think it could be something that a kid could be a little bit proud of.
I think they could maybe show that to their friends,” Hainez said.
Haines said she would like to see more arts and crafts centers around the state.
“At this point, I’m not going to tell my kids that they can’t make anything and I’m going to teach them the art,” she explained.
“But we need to take them through it.”
The Art in School Initiative started as a pilot project in Seattle, but the group hopes to expand to other states and cities.
They also have plans to expand their education program.