An exciting Ohio County preschool program will bring the work of Andy Warhol and other visual and musical artists into the classroom.
Ohio County universal preschool teachers on Friday took part in training on the implementation of the "Ohio County Universal Pre-K Pop Artists Program." Teachers painted, sculpted, acted and danced in their final training session before the program began Monday for Ohio County universal pre-K students.
The "Pop Artists Program" is funded through a 2011 Arts in Education Grant and involves a partnership with Oglebay Institute. The 270 students taking part will learn about the Pop Art Era through visual arts, dramatic play, music and movement while integrating the core curricular areas of science, language and literacy.
Oglebay Institute director of education Rick Morgan gives Ohio County pre-kindergarten teachers a lesson in Andy Warhol art.
Ohio County Schools Student Services Director Kimberly Miller said children in the "Pop Artists Program" will create music through different techniques, communicate ideas through creative artwork, re-enact experiences through dramatic play and investigate and problem solve through active exploration of the environment. She said literacy, mathematics and physical health are also important aspects of the program.
"This program offers exciting artistic experiences for our youngest students," Miller said. "It gives them a strong foundation in the core academic areas, but it also improves communication skills with other children and adults and gives them an appreciation of the differences among people and cultures. It's an amazing initiative."
The "Pop Artists Program" ends in May 2012. Miller thanked the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley for securing the funding for the program. She also thanked Oglebay Institute Director of Education Rick Morgan and Youth Theater Director Tim Thompson for their participation in the program.
"Ohio County Schools and the Oglebay Institute have had a wonderful partnership for years," Miller said. "We are very pleased to have them involved in an amazing program that we know will benefit our children in so many ways."