What art teachers do after school

"Marked Down" by Rose Shaw
"Marked Down" by Rose Shaw

By Rachel Leigh - bio| email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - Nearly 40 pieces of artwork, including ceramics, bronzes, digital photography and oils, are on display at Palm Beach Community College.

"The exhibit is 20 art teachers from Palm Beach County. We all belong to the Palm Beach County Art Teacher's Association," said art teacher Rose Shaw, U.B. Kinsey El School of the Arts.

Rose Shaw was named outstanding elementary art teach of the year by the Florida Art Education Association.

Rachel: "Do your students have any idea how talented their teacher is?"

Rose: "I'm really not sure."

Rachel: "Because, I know, when I was growing up, I didn't really think of my art teacher as putting together something like this."

Rose: "Well, I think, it's great for Palm Beach County to be aware of the good quality teachers that we do have here."

It's important art teachers continue practicing skills outside the classroom. "It helps to make their artwork they're sharing with the children and their projects and plans more relevant."

And after 27 years of teaching, you can see, she still makes time for her art. "You have to refill the well. And creative people give so much of their time and their days to children that you really do have to take that time for yourself to renew and refill that well of creativity."

Rachel: "Why is it important to have art in school?"

Rose: "It helps kids develop their creativity so that they can be open minded, and there's more than one answer to a solution or a problem which helps them be better adaptive to working in the job market."

Palm Beach County art teachers are going beyond the classroom to support their students. "All of the money that we put in for shows and workshops and to belong to Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association goes to scholarships for kids that want to be in art in college."

Our art teachers: Molding tomorrow's artists while producing the artwork of today.

The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Exhibition "Earthly Delights" runs through September 4 in the Gallery at Eissey Campus located on the Palm Beach Community Campus in Palm Beach Gardens.