Picture a room full of middle school students working with clay. Five students are carefully shaping bowls on pottery wheels. Students work shoulder to shoulder at tables creating a coil pot, a teacup, a mug to honor prisoners of war. On the walls, posters illustrate inspirational pottery. On shelves, rows of student creations wait to be fired in the two kilns in a separate room. Hands and minds are busy.
Pottery is one of many arts skills taught at Boyle County Middle School. As we move forward from National Arts and Humanities Month, I want to share a quick overview of arts instruction in place for Boyle County students.
For years, Boyle County Schools has provided visual arts as well as vocal and instrumental music and dance instruction in all of our schools. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, computer animation and graphics, after-school arts programming and countless integrations of arts into the subject content broaden and nurture skills that extend to lifelong pursuits.