Students receive lesson in art


Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .A Butler Institute of American Art docent worked with Elain eMorlan's fourth-grade class Sept. 24 at Dobbins Elementary School.


Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman.Butler docent, Larry Bartos, worked with fourth-grade students in Sharyn DiMuzio's class Sept. 24 at Dobbins Elementary School.


Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Sydney Ohlin eagerly waited to answer questions during the class Butler presentations Sept. 24 at Dobbins Elementary.


The partnership between the Butler Institute of American Art and Dobbins Elementary School began Sept. 24 at Dobbins.

Eight Butler docents visited four third- and fourth-grade classrooms. The children were first given a pretest to find out what they know and what they don’t know about art.

Carole O’Brien, director of education at the Butler, said another test is then given again at the end of the year.

“We want to find out how much they have progressed throughout the year,” said O’Brien.

Sharyn DiMuzio, fourth-grade teacher at Dobbins, said the students’ knowledge of art progresses.

“They evolve a little bit more each year,” said DiMuzio.

Throughout the year, third-grade students will be learning what a museum is, what collections are, the elements of design and the different categories of paintings. The fourth-grade students will be expanding on what they learned in the third grade, as well as learning about four American artists: Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence and Norman Rockwell.

O’Brien said the goal is to make art a part of the students’ daily lives.

“We want the students to be familiar with this community resource, The Butler,” said O’Brien. “We also hope to make looking at art and going to museums a lifelong pursuit for them.”

Dobbins students will continue their art education with a trip to The Butler Museum of Art Nov. 26.

For more information about the Butler’s education program, visit

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