A Strong Art Program = Happy Kids
Middle School is a time of change and new independence for children. At Patton Middle School we believe that learning should be fun. The art room is a place for kids to unwind, relax and make things with their hands. Whether we are teaching sculpture or drawing and painting, it is important to us that art and fun are synonymous, we want our kids to be happy.
N. C. Wyeth would have loved our art rooms. The hum of industry is ever present as the children work their way through various projects. Every child uses their own experiences to influence their creations. We put into practice the philosophy of Howard Pyle and the Wyeth Family that states: ”PAINT WHAT YOU KNOW OR CAN COME TO KNOW WELL”. Young adolescents are on a journey of discovery, figuring out who they are, and how they fit into the big picture. Patton artists are treated as individuals, and with that each child is expected to create original artwork that reflects their journey of self discovery.
We understand that most of our students will not make art their career, but it is our job to be sure that each and every child leaves Patton with an appreciation for the arts that will enrich their lives no matter where they may travel. This is why every Patton Middle School student learns about the Wyeth family and visits the Brandywine River Museum of Art. We believe that knowing the history of where you are raised is an integral part of any young persons education. As art educators we would be remiss if our students were not given a basic appreciation for the Wyeth family and the amazing Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Thank you to the Brandywine River Museum of Art for inviting Patton to exhibit at the museum in conjunction with the “ N. C. Wyeth, New Perspectives” show. We are truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to provide our students with this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Ann Ferron and Sherri Schultz
Charles F. Patton Art Teachers
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District