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SOA seniors provide art clinics to young students

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013

School of the Arts students visited elementary and middle schools in the area to encourage those children to consider attending the School of the Arts. PHOTO PROVIDED

School of the Arts seniors from every major have decided to reach out to schools whose students rarely apply to the arts magnet.

Their hope is to foster a love of the arts and to encourage students to take advantage of the myriad of fine arts offerings the district and their individual schools provide.

Sponsored by SOA teacher, Michelle Gorritti, the seniors wanted to help students identify and cultivate their artistic gifts and talents by providing basic arts training and skills. “We believe the arts can enrich the lives of all students,” said SOA principal, Dr. Shannon Cook. “Charleston County has numerous and varied arts offerings, and we want students to know about these options and access the opportunities that most interest them. We’re convinced the arts make a difference.”

Seniors have visited and instructed at the following nine schools four times this semester: Cochran, Frierson, Hursey, James Simmons, Lambs, Pinehurst, Sanders Clyde, Zucker and Minnie Hughes.

During each visit, students are broken up into interest groups (piano, strings, band, dance, creative writing, visual art, theater) and taught by SOA seniors who have studied that art area for years. Fundamental skills are taught and students are then asked to perform and create their own work of art.

Regarding the experience, participating senior, Jessica Martin (Visual Artist), said, “The arts clinic has been a great opportunity for seniors like me. It is rewarding to see how passionate the fifth graders we mentor are to learn about the arts.

Also, it is remarkable how just a little bit of direction helps them hone their creative abilities.”

Faculty coordinator, Michelle Gorritti said, “I remember serving rural communities and those in need when I was in middle school and it has stayed with me as an adult.

Through the arts clinics, SOA seniors are able to promote the arts and connect with students from all backgrounds. This experience can be life-changing for all parties involved.”

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