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Art in Agriculture

Agricultural art projects are a success at Lindsay Elementary School – helping students to find their artistic passion.
Art in Agriculture

Art in Agriculture

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Show 1715: Art in Agriculture
Air Date: April 9, 2017



Rob McClendon: Well, each year, Ag in the Classroom recognizes not only teachers, but students as well in a statewide art contest celebrating agriculture. And there’s one art class in Lindsay, Oklahoma, which has consistently had its students place in the top spots in these competitions. Our Blane Singletary went to meet the teacher behind the art.

Blane Singletary: In Robin Blough’s class at Lindsay Elementary School, AITC doesn’t just stand for Ag In The Classroom. It also stands for Art In The Classroom.

Robin Blough: We made clay chickens. They were given a wad of clay, and they made it into a shape of a sphere or an oval.

Blane: These clay chickens are just one of the clay projects students from all different grades are doing today. And Robin says they can’t wait to get their hands dirty.

Blough: Some of them will do better in clay than they can drawing. The kids love clay. That’s all I hear all year long: “Can we do clay?”

Blane: Each class and grade at Lindsay Elementary has a period of art with Ms. Blough every week. And clay pottery is just one of the many projects that make this a class they look forward to.

Blough: My goal as a teacher is obvious: to teach them the elements and principles of art. But to do projects that they would have the love of art. If you don’t make it fun, you’re not going to stay in art.

Blane: And this artistic passion is important, even outside of art class.

Blough: It takes effort and it takes desire to create something great. It’s something you can’t just flop down. It teaches them that you have to put in effort in everything that you do. And also, it helps kids that struggle sometimes. It helps them to realize that I can do it. I’m amazed at some of the things that kids can do.

Blane: And so are the students’ primary teachers, like Sandra Pratt, who sometimes like to join in on the fun.

Sandra Pratt: Mrs. Blough is an amazing art teacher. She works with them, and they learn a lot from her through the years. So I like to sit in every now and then and get some art.

Blane: Ms. Pratt also sees firsthand the benefits that art brings.

Pratt: It stimulates the creative part of your brain. It gives kids the ability to see, do and follow through on what they are doing, lets them use their imaginations. It is totally up to them what it looks like. There’s the steps that you follow, but then the kids go from there and do their own thing.

Blane: As these kids are working on clay chickens and pinch-pot animals, they are connecting with agriculture. That connection is furthered in yearly statewide art contests held by Oklahoma Ag In The Classroom, and Lindsay Elementary is something of a major player when it comes to this. This year, students at this school alone took home five awards in categories, including the poster and coloring contests. Cheri Long works with the State Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and says having a good coach helps.

Cheri Long: It’s an awesome honor for that many students to be a winner. But we’re very, very proud and pleased and honored to have Ms. Blough as their teacher because she not only teaches agriculture to the students and spends a whole day talking about that, but then she teaches them the concepts of art and then bringing that all together. She does a really good job with the students, and it’s evident in their artwork.

Blane: After spending that day talking about agriculture, Ms. Blough lets the students brainstorm and come up with the poster elements and design themselves, using what they have learned previously about the principles of art and design.

Blough: If you listen and do the elements of art, and you can put that in your picture, a lot of them are gonna end up with an awesome poster.

Blane: In fact, one student, Chelse White, has placed three years in a row in the poster contest, and this year, her brother, Dustin, managed to take first. And with Ag in the Classroom, these finely honed skills have a readily apparent real-world connection.

Long: The real-world application helps the kids to make that connection between agriculture and what they eat, sleep and breathe every day.

Blane: And Ms. Blough says these wins are just the icing on the cake.

Blough: I don’t know. I have so many talented kids. That is what is so neat about art. It floors me how well some of these kids can draw. It is really awesome. It is awesome every week to see what they do. I go home sometimes thinking they can do better than I can.