Building bridges through art

Dolores Lowery

Artist in Residence Dolores Lowery spends an hour each week with the Bridges students at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School and utilizes art as a learning tool.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

Artist-in-residence Dolores Lowery has spent the last four weeks teaching Gulf and Franklin County students different school subjects through the creativity of art.

Teaching since 2009, the full-time, self-taught artist started with Project Impact in Apalachicola, an after-school arts program dedicated to enrichment services that compliment normal academic curriculum.

The Florida Department of Education, which is partnered with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, work together with an aim to improve, enhance and promote arts integrations in schools.

After filing an application for a residency, Lowery received positions working with the Bridges ESE students at the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School along with classes at the elementary and high schools in Franklin County.

Each program is eight weeks long with students creating artwork for an hour per session.

While in the classroom Lowery reinforces everyday subjects by utilizing art.

The Bridges program in Port St. Joe is made up of special needs students and thus required a different approach. Lowery taught fractions to the students by having them cut paper into smaller and smaller pieces and once the lesson was complete, students designed colorful fish from the pieces.

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