Study Links Art Classes to Good Grades – And KidsArt Knows Why

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Visual Arts Study Links Art Classes to Good Grades – And KidsArt Knows Why By LINDA MOONEY Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 5:21 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment “Fine art is knowledge made visible,” Gustave Courbet once said.And new research proves this every day.In a study out of Stanford University, they discovered that children who do art tend to use more advanced speaking and reasoning skills, and thus develop them better, and are “more likely to win academic awards.” [1]“It’s not surprising,” says KidsArt Executive Director Anna Sheklow, who hears all the time about kids doing better in school after taking up painting or drawing classes.“Both sides of the brain are constantly working in art,” says Sheklow. “It’s so much like science and geometry because you’re learning to measure shapes and components.”She says artists have better visual perception and are more aware of sizes, proportions, shapes and placement.“Perceptions are sharper, they tend to visually catch things better,” says Sheklow. “They’re more observant.”She says it’s why scientists today are bringing in artists to assist the creative thought process, “to see experiences in a whole new way,” and why art training translates well into careers like medicine and law enforcement.KidsArt Manager Susana Rivas agrees.“Look at a Van Gogh painting. Everything has a purpose,” she says. “After you know more about art, you appreciate details more. A lot of people don’t stop and look around.”Rivas says that education is like art in that each lesson has an underlying focal point, which artists are trained to identify.“Kids who take classes here also do better in handwriting at school,” she adds.So where is “here”?Many places. KidsArt has 17 studios, mostly in California, including a studio in Pasadena.The daughter of the founders, Ed and Sher Warren, Sheklow grew up in the environment. Her father, Ed, has a Masters in Fine Art from Rutgers and taught for years at the high school and college level.Along with his wife, the couple started teaching afterschool fine art drawing and painting classes and the program became so popular with so many people driving long distances to apprentice under Ed’s tutelage, that a year later, starting in 1987, KidsArt studios began opening up in multiple locations.Ed developed a curriculum that allowed him to teach a completely individualized, fine art program to all ages and has now taught thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers, including his own two daughters, who each manage their own KidsArt / Drawn2Art studios.Rivas, likewise, grew up in the environment. Having come to KidsArt since she was a teen, she grew up learning the simple approach and loved it enough to become the Studio Manager and Teacher Trainer at the Montrose location.“Children who started at 4 or 5 years old are now returning to become teachers here,” says Rivas, who was mentored directly by Ed.“With Ed, it is all step-by-step, baby steps, so you know what you’re doing,” says Rivas, who says she learned more at KidsArt than in any of her college art classes, where they “tell you to draw without teaching you.”At KidsArt, however, the approach is very simple.You choose a drawing or painting you like from a collection of level-appropriate curriculum, all created by Ed or his associate, Erin Garey, and you see how it was drawn with simple shapes. The student then uses the step-by-step breakdown to learn correct size, placement, and shape of each image. Basic techniques such as perspective, positive and negative space, direction and use of tone are taught building skills and confidence.“It’s almost like a private lesson,” adds Rivas, “because the teacher-student ratio is so small.”In one class you can find various ages and skill levels, so while one person is learning pastels, another might be mastering acrylics, but all are “learning at their own pace with their own goals.”Despite its name, KidsArt isn’t just for kids. Their oldest student is 85 years old. Classes are offered to students as young as 4, as well as for teens and adults.While adults are free to take classes with younger students, some do, including parents, there are also classes specifically offered for teens and adults.After only a few classes, parents are amazed by their students’ finished artwork. These are skills that can be taught, and the proof is in the pride of the artists for their new-found abilities.“It’s like cooking. You just need to know the basic steps and ingredients. There’s a formula to everything.”Sound like fun? Sign up for a Free Introductory Class.For more information, or to find the closest studio to you, visit can also call the Pasadena KidsArt at (626) 577-7802 or stop by 20 South Oakland Street.1. Stanford professor Shirley Brice Heath, author of study and senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundations EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community Newscenter_img HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Police send condolences to KY officers mourning burned Krispy Kreme truck

first_img— Cleveland Police Dogs (@ClevePol_Dogs) January 1, 2019Ok guys come to Texas and try a hot @ShipleyDo_Nuts! I promise it will get rid of the donut blues! Happy New Year to you all. All the best in 2019 and be safe. #RelationalPolicing— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 1, 2019The news even made its way across the Atlantic.We feel your loss. We donut know what else to say. — UK Police (@UKPolice) January 1, 2019The UK sends it’s sympathies.We are so sorry. I’m arranging the sending out of donut parcels to you in this time of trauma. We are with you guys. We are soooooo (extra emphasis) sorry.— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) January 1, 2019*D’oh (nut)— Polizei Magdeburg (@Polizei_MD) January 2, 2019On Wednesday, Lexington Police Officers got their source of sugar rushes back after the doughnut company, which is heralded in the South, offered to send doughnuts their way, Fox Lexington affiliate WDKY-TV reported. We’re thinking of you during this difficult time…and have more doughnuts on the way!— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) January 1, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. KathyDewar/iStock(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — There’s no use crying over spilled milk, but a burned-out doughnut truck sent law enforcement officers all over the world into a tizzy of sadness.On New Year’s Eve, the Lexington Police Department in Kentucky posted a photo of a Krispy Kreme truck covered in soot and burn marks, writing, “No words,” with a crying emoji.The truck caught fire Monday afternoon and was fully engulfed in flames by the time first responders arrived, Lexington ABC affiliate WTVQ-TV reported.Physically, there were no injuries, but police officers around the globe empathized with the emotional toll the loss took on the Lexington Police Department, offering condolences and assistance to their law enforcement brothers and sisters.The South Dakota Highway Patrol replied with a photo of a Krispy Kreme truck overturned in the snow.We feel your pain up here is South Dakota. #BuckleUp Call if you need to talk.— SD Highway Patrol (@SDHighwayPatrol) January 2, 2019The New York Police Department responded with a photo of two of its helicopter operators, saying they were on their way to them with sprinkle-covered pastries.Hang tight, we are sending backup forthwith, and these guys came prepared. We hope you like sprinkles.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 1, 2019So tragic, we feel your pain.— NYPD 9th Precinct (@NYPD9Pct) January 1, 2019Some police departments used memes and GIFs to express their shock and— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) December 31, 2018All the feels— Pittsburg Police, CA (@PittsburgPD) January 1, 2019The Colorado State Patrol warned officers in Lexington to stay away from brownies.Come to the Rockies. Break (glazed) bread with us at our table. Console yourselves. And, uhh…avoid the brownies, mmkay? — CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) January 2, 2019Officers in the Windy City and beyond also sent their condolences.Condolences from Chicago — Chicago PD 14th Dist (@ChicagoCAPS14) January 1, 2019Our thought are with our brothers and sisters in Kentucky during this difficult time. @lexkypolice please know we are here for you. If you’re ever out this way we would love to treat you to some Boston Creams !!— Stoughton Police (@StoughtonPD) January 1, 2019last_img read more

Finding the bright spots and creating more of them

first_imgIn their book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath introduce readers to the story of Jerry Sternin. Sternin, who works for Save the Children, was sent to Vietnam in 1990 to open a new office and given six months to make a difference in the nutritional health of poor Vietnamese children. Sternin started by studying the height and weight of children in rural villages and comparing the growth rates of children from family unit to family unit. In this way, he was able to identify the children who were thriving and those who were not (Heath, 2010).The obvious assumption one might make about malnutrition is that the poorer a family might be, the unhealthier the children in that family would be. But, that wasn’t the case in every instance. In fact, the study showed that there were children in some poor families who were actually thriving.   These instances became known as “bright spots.” From these results, Jerry and his team decided it would take less time to study what was happening in these bright spot families than it would to study all the possible things going wrong in the families with children that were not thriving. By studying these families, they were able to quickly take their findings and duplicate them in the families where the children were not thriving.Whether one calls them bright spots, best practices or pro tips, bottom line, when changes are necessary, we need to focus on where we know things are going right and attempt to duplicate those results. Too often, when change is needed, we fixate on what is going wrong and try and fix it. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear why things are going wrong.   Let’s say that a credit union is struggling to grow loans. Is it because rates are too high, or is it because the decision process is broken? Is it a matter of a marketing issue, or is it because the closing process is cumbersome for the member? It’s just too difficult to accurately identify the issue when there are so many possibilities.However, by focusing on successes, even if it is at another credit union, leadership can more quickly determine where changes can be effective, faster. If a credit union is failing to increase indirect loan production, then studying those credit unions that are successfully growing market share may be the fastest route to improvement. But, it’s just as important to make sure that the success you’re referencing is actually the result of solid lending practices.   Just because a credit union is growing loans, doesn’t mean that it is booking the right kinds of loans. In the way that leaders should not fixate on their own untested problems, they also should not fixate on the success of others when that success has not been validated.Let’s go back to Sternin’s study. He found that poor families, where children were thriving, were not feeding the children any more food than the families with children that were not healthy. The difference was in the way they were feeding their children. The parents were paying more attention to ensure the children were, in fact, eating the food given to them, and feeding them the same amount of food per day, but dividing it into six meals rather than three. As a result, their bodies could better process the food into usable nourishment. Often, credit unions assume that they need to re-invent lending norms in order to achieve growth. As a result, many lower their prices to unprofitable levels; others take on more risk than they are prepared to manage.   But, the answer isn’t so much in the types of loans that are being booked or the price of those loans, as it is the way loans are acquired.Let’s not forget the role that Sternin played. He didn’t care more about those children than their own mothers and he certainly didn’t go in with all of the answers, but arriving in the region with fresh eyes and an open mind, he was able to discover important nuances that even the people with the most vested interests overlooked. It may be challenging for a credit union to acquire “best practice” knowledge on its own, especially when its leaders are focused on running the credit union.  And, often these best practices are achieved outside the reach of their available resources.CU Direct has created an Advisory Services group to provide consulting that is focused on best practices based on experience working with more than 1,000 credit unions. Our Advisory Services can analyze a credit union’s entire lending process and compare/contrast it with successful, tried and tested credit union practices, ensuring an improved process and a path to loan growth. Sometimes, it’s not possible to get where we want to go by ourselves. Credit unions are no different.Works CitedHeath, C. a. (2010). Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Cochrum Michael has worked in the consumer lending industry since 1989. In 1999, he joined the credit union industry, working for the Texas Credit Union League’s credit union. Mr. Cochrum … Web: Detailslast_img read more

More experienced, communicative defense to lead Syracuse into 2013 season

first_img Related Stories Field smarts, finesse thrust Rice into expanded attack roleOrange beats Hofstra, Holy Cross in scrimmages with early burst, depth Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:07 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+center_img During the 2011 season, the Syracuse defense surrendered nearly seven goals per game, outworking and outperforming other teams’ offensive units.In 2012, that number skyrocketed to more than nine, as SU’s defense allowed 157 goals, the most since 2006.This year, Syracuse’s defense returns nearly all of its key contributors, including anchor Brian Megill. Players such as Matt Harris, Brandon Mullins and Kyle Carey have one more year of experience under their belt, and will look to take SU’s defense to the next level. The Orange defense will have a chance to continue to jell together and iron out some more kinks Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, when it squares off against Ohio State and Robert Morris at 11:30 a.m. in its final scrimmages before the regular season.“I’ve been trying to force the jelling issue,” Megill said. “A defense is only as good as its weakest link. We’ve got to come together as a unit.”Megill was named the Big East Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Last season, he set an SU single-season record with 37 caused turnovers, serving as a steady presence for a streaky defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarey called Megill the No. 1 defender in the country without hesitation. He said the defense flourishes with Megill as the “frame.”“Basically whenever the ball’s on the ground, Brian’s the one to get it,” Carey said. “He busts his butt every day. People see that, and the rest of the team wants to work as hard as he does.”The undisputed leader of the defense, Megill’s role is more than just a defender. He’s the glue that keeps everything together and thrives as one of Syracuse’s main voices on defense.SU head coach John Desko called Megill a natural leader. He said his role hasn’t changed much since last year, and he’s ready to command the Syracuse defense and ensure a turnaround becomes a reality, rather than just an expectation.“It’s pretty natural for him to be in that leadership role,” Desko said. “He’s vocal, he works very hard and off the field he does the right things.”But one man doesn’t make a defense. As Megill said, a defense is only as good as its weakest link.Harris, Mullins and David Hamlin are three centerpieces for Syracuse. All three have in-game experience and are ready to spark a resurgence.Harris said he, Megill, Mullins and other players bonded this summer at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout playing for Team Maverik, as well as at the Lake Placid Lacrosse tournament.Last year, Harris said miscommunication sometimes haunted the Orange. Players were still getting to know each other, and miscues often resulted from missed assignments or sloppy organization.Now, with summer tournaments, fall practices and one spring scrimmage to learn from, Harris said the defense is meshing better as a whole.“With defense, it’s all about communication and talking and knowing where each person is going to be on the field,” Harris said. “I feel like with another year under our belts that will help us in game situations.”Most of Syracuse’s key defenders are retuning players, but freshmen such as Ryan Palasek, Jay McDermott and Sean Young will likely see minutes for the Orange early in the season.SU’s defense gave up 10 goals to Hofstra – ranked No. 17 by Inside Lacrosse – in its first scrimmage Saturday. The Pride scored nine second-half goals as the Orange emptied its bench, including five in the first 10 minutes of the fourth period.But then Syracuse’s defense buckled down. The Orange held Hofstra scoreless for the rest of the game, thwarting off the Pride’s advances.In the second game against Holy Cross, the defense allowed only six goals, two of them coming in garbage time with the game out of reach.Not much stock can be placed in exhibition games, but Syracuse’s defense certainly showed potential. With Megill as the anchor and an improved, more experienced supporting cast, Carey believes SU’s defense is far better than it was a year ago.“I feel like the defense is very much the heart of the team,” Carey said. “As long as we can keep the excitement and keep the aggressiveness going on defense, we can really ignite a light under this team. It’s going to start with the defense.” Commentslast_img read more