A new emphasis on integrating art into the curriculum is stimulating a renewed focus on artistic expression among students at Prospect Primary School.
Located along the corridor, which wraps around the school building, the gallery is complemented by the use of the worldwide web, enabling display of top art pieces in cyberspace, said a GIS press release.
The renewed emphasis on this media is enhancing lessons, said Rhonda Douglas-Brown, who heads the primary school’s Visual Arts Department.
‘Our goal is to integrate art into the curriculum as far as possible,’ she noted.
All Prospect Primary students are involved in various creative activities, ranging from finger-painting to making stained glass articles. Art has been integrated into all subjects.
The heightened emphasis on more creative teaching methods has been a natural evolution for the school.
The gradual progression in this direction was recognised and supported by Principal Gloria Bell. ‘I saw a teacher who put her heart into her work, and I was happy to facilitate these positive developments,’ she said. ‘We are all pleased with the results to date, and hope to see more local schools go online and showcase what the children of the Cayman Islands are producing.’
Prospect Primary has broken new ground in this regard by enlisting the use of artsonia.com. School officials describe this site as, ‘The world’s largest online art museum’. They explained that the objective is to have at least one piece of art from each student listed on this site.
This is the first school in the Cayman Islands to be linked to this service, which includes some 3,000 schools in 100 countries. Other people, including parents and friends, can also log on and comment on the pieces of art, and students may exchange ‘fan mail’ with their peers across the world. It is also intended that indigenous art forms, such as thatch-plaiting, will be uploaded on artsonia.com.