Letter: Student art can educate all

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Editor,

Art has always been enjoyed and created by diverse people of all ages and talents throughout the centuries. Teaching students how to create art is not limited to teaching skills and techniques for each medium; it also includes teaching students how to think, how to express and how to appreciate.

Carmel High School is fortunate to have art teachers, led by a wonderful department chair, Jen Bubp, who share this vision and knowledge with a variety of talented students. The vision of the CHS art department is to honor all artists and their achievements regardless of their skill level and mental/emotional/physical abilities.

The school has always taken pride in being the “best of the best” in academics, athletics, and the arts. Sometimes, highlighting only the best of the best can result in unintentionally overlooking amazing insights and talents of students who do not always take center stage for their hard work, talent and artistic results. Therefore, the art department is intentionally expanding their focus of not only celebrating students with flawless technical, artistic abilities, but also celebrating the power of the stories which all students convey. The CHS art department offers opportunities for all art students to find success, value and meaning in what they create.

If the saying, “Art is not about drawing, it is about learning how to see,” is true, then learning how to see the world through the eyes of students with varying backgrounds and abilities will expand our own appreciation of what art can be. As Jen Bubp has shared, “Sometimes the student is the best teacher.” Each of our three children have thoroughly enjoyed the Carmel High art program and continue to draw and paint. Don’t miss out on viewing art by current, past and future students.

Lyle Liecht

Carmel


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