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Can design elements and artwork improve acheivement?

October 5, 2009
High School Media Center

High School Media Center

This week there was an interesting article in the New York Times about a trend in new school construction to use artwork and design elements to create an inspiring learning environment.  A quote from a building principal in one of the new schools caught my eye –

“Looking at art is not just an aesthetic; it’s a learning resource,” said Abie Benitez, principal of the Columbus academy. “We’ve created a framework for everybody to find a connection to the art in the building — and to the building itself.”

We are very proud of the incredible educational facilities here in Saline.  They are a symbol of the value our community places on education and our future generations.  I do, however, wonder what we can do (at little to no cost) to add to the artistic details of our buildings.  Any ideas?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2009 5:20 pm

    Here is an interesting website from the UK with a different twist on the same theme.

    http://www.engagingplaces.org.uk/teaching+and+learning/art62811

    What is built environment education?
    Learning about the built environment is about learning to see the value of well-designed spaces, and to understand the relationship between the natural environment and the local community.

  2. Deb permalink
    November 5, 2009 5:29 pm

    I think the type of Architectural Art here
    http://www.bannerart.com/architectural-interior.html
    would add much to our high school.

    SAS has some amazing talent. Perhaps we can give the students and community members a challenge to envision what type of “banner art” they might like to see. Once we get ideas … then we might see how – we as a community can build it.

    Much like the art I have throughout my home reflects my passions; this art would give students & guests a sense of what SAS is about.

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