Full article and photos: https://ssliving.com/thinking-outside-the-books/
By Maria Allen | Photography by Andrew Mariner Ayer
Studies have shown that art education aids in the development of creativity. Yet art and music programs are often the first things to be cut from a school budget when money gets tight. And while STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs have become increasingly popular, art has largely taken a backseat—until now. A new movement puts added emphasis on art education and puts the “A” in STEAM education.
One local school that is embracing this philosophy is the Woodward School in Quincy. “We’re very committed to incorporating art into our curriculum,” says headmaster Walter E. Hubley. “When you walk down our hallways you find yourself surrounded by exhibits of student work.” Last fall, the private school for girls held a grand opening for a newly renovated art studio space at Wesner Hall Art Center, located across the street from the main school. Art Educator Anna Wingfield teaches everything from drawing and painting to printmaking and sculpture in this sunlit space. Her students have made paper-cut shadow boxes based on favorite works of literature, detailed self-portraits and three-dimensional letter sculptures. Music and theater are also celebrated at the school (Wingfield also leads the school’s percussion ensemble.)
Each year, the Woodward School hosts a school-wide art show known as the “night of the arts,” This year’s event will take place on April 27th. “It’s a really exciting event for the students and it helps convey the importance of the arts,” says Wingfield.