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June 12, 2013

Art improves thinking in children

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA —

It's more than just putting color to canvas.

Just over 100 artists coming from kindergarten through fifth grade had their art on display at the Iowa Building this past Wednesday as part of the Up & Coming Artist Reception. This was the first event in several that were held under the umbrella of the Skunk River Arts Festival, which also included Art on the Square. Children from Oskaloosa Elementary School, as well as North Mahaska Elementary School had their work ready to be viewed by the public.

Brianna Bartlett has been an art teacher at Oskaloosa Elementary school for the past 9 years. Bartlett pointed out that the children used several different approaches to art including marker, colored pencil, crayon and oil pastel.

“We've got a little of everything,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett said it's important for these children to have their artwork on display. She added that having on display can be good for families, as well.

“It gives them a chance to see what the kids are up to and how talented they are,” Bartlett said.

Getting into the world of art at a young age is also important, according to Bartlett. It can help children in the way they learn other school subjects and can improve decision-making skills, she said.

“It gives them a really good chance to express themselves and just kind of a chance to think differently than they might in school or that they might with other subjects,” said Bartlett. “It helps different thinking abilities.”

FACE of Mahaska County chose the top 20 pieces on display at the Iowa Building. These works of art will continue to be on display in the near future.

“They will travel around to different businesses over the summer,” noted Bartlett.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.