Art in the Schools program is welcomed in Edmond

The Edmond Fine Arts Institute provides art instruction for third- and fourth-graders.
BY STEVE GUST Modified: December 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: January 1, 2013
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Darcy Riner is an art instructor from the Fine Arts Institute who works with third- and fourth-graders at Orvis Risner Elementary. She knows about the value of art, after a love of the subject was instilled in her as a student in the Putnam City School District.

“Art involves the child using another part of the brain to think,” she said. “If this leads to a child having a lifelong love for art, then everyone wins.”

Creative benefits

On a recent class day, she was teaching watercolors, and the students were drawing birch trees.

Destinie Roland, 8, called the instruction “fun” and said she might become an artist later in life.

Aaron Weber, 9, said he likes drawing funny faces. And what would he like to draw when he gets older?

“More funny faces,” he said.

Aidan Hamlin, 10, took pride in bringing his birch trees to life on paper.

“I'd like to be an architect like my grandfather, and you have to be good at drawing things,” he said.

Orvis Risner teacher Betsie Polk sees the good that art instruction does for her students.

“This is so important,” she said. “So many of the students need a creative outlet. The FAI funding is so awesome.”

Without the funding, Riner knows her day would be different.

“This is what makes it possible for me to be here, and I love coming to my job every day.”