Monthly Archives: February 2011


If you haven’t yet checked out our Flickr page, click here to see an album of our favorite photos.  But this set is just one of many: we have hundreds of great photos of our students in action!  To see more of our amazing painters, sculptors, dancers and actors hard at work, be sure to explore all of our albums on our Flickr page or on our website!


Difference Between Kids With Art Exposure & Kids Without

The following is an article published By Theresa Rosenthal, eHow Contributor on February 9, 2011. 

Research has proven that children need exposure to art. Without exposure to art, kids miss out on choosing what they like or how to express themselves. Art offers kids choices, and kids grow and develop on many levels from their experiences with art. Without art, kids lack growth in various stages of development. Artis seen as a luxury in education, and the kids who are not receiving exposure to art are suffering.

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Creative Kids Make Intelligent Adults: A Must in the Business World

Creativity…..must be instilled at an early age, and is most effectively taught in school.  

In an article published By Alberta S. Johnson an art educator and business owner of  K6 Art Lesson Plans. 

Over and over, research shows that kids who receive art lessons while they are young become more imaginative and creative adults. As you may know, creativity is an essential part of intelligence, and is often used as a gauge for measuring IQ.

With increasing demands being placed upon schools, teachers, and youth groups to educate our kids in the three R’s, education in the arts has begun to suffer in many areas of the country in favor of the “more important” or “more practical” subjects.

What people need to understand is that art education in schools IS important, and in fact essential to form well-rounded adults. In the business world, for example, people who are creative are much more likely to find success. Creativity allows for innovation, a vital characteristic in today’s business executive. To stay ahead of the game, for example, a business must be able to initiate and adapt to change. Both of these things are impossible without creativity, which is best learned at an early age.

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Elysian Charter School Theater Class Final Performance 2011.

Arts to Grow’s Elysian Charter School Theater Ensemble, led by Patricia Runcie, presented a winter showcase to family, friends and students on Thursday, February 17th 2011. The ensemble participates included students in grades 3rd through 7th who performed scenes from famous books The Hobbitand The Phantom Tollbooth.  Two performances were given back to back to in classrooms at Elysian School. 


Students learned not only how to be artists but how to develop and participate in character development. Each of the kids had a role based on their own preferences, with an ability to add their own ideas to play and create suitable for role costumes.

The class taught acting techniques with a strong focus on ensemble-building. Group work, games, rehearsals were the key techniques to successful performance. After the show a brief Q&A was led by Lynne Shapiro, arts coordinator at Elysian where student actors answered questions from the audience.

 Please check out our flicker page for more photos from our programs.


The Capacities for Imaginative Learning

This post discusses the capacities and techniques for “Imaginative Learning,” a concept that is a cornerstone to the success of the Lincoln Center Institute.

The Capacities for Imaginative Learning:
Noticing Deeply
Identifying Patterns
Making Connections
Exhibiting Empathy
Living With Ambiguity
Reflecting and Assessing
Creating Meaning
Taking Action

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Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum

Life without play is a life without books, without movies, art, music, jokes, dramatic stories. Imagine a world with no flirting, no daydreaming, no comedy, no irony. Such a world would be a pretty grim place to live. 

The following is an article Efforts to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum, by Hillary Stout, New York Times, January 6, 2011

Too little playtime may seem to rank far down on the list of society’s worries, but the scientists, psychologists, educators and others who are part of the play movement say that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through childhood play. Children learn to control their impulses through games like Simon Says, play advocates believe, and they learn to solve problems, negotiate, think creatively and work as a team when they dig together in a sandbox or build a fort with sofa cushions. (The experts define play as a game or activity initiated and directed by children. So video games don’t count, they say, except perhaps ones that involve creating something, and neither, really, do the many educational toys that do things like sing the A B C’s with the push of a button.)

And here’s a Ted Talk video about the importance of play.