Graduate Student’s Exhibit Uses Art to Improve Learning

By Purnell T. Cropper | August 22, 2014

Greta Lindbloom-Carlton, a graduate student in Arcadia’s Master of Arts in Education program, is presenting an exhibit of her charcoal drawings at the Judith Taylor Student Art Gallery in the Landman Library. The show is titled Images of Extinction: Using Art to Improve All Learning. All work is for sale. The exhibit will be open during Library hours from August 30 until September 12.

There will be an opening night celebration on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to participate. There will be an opportunity at 6 p.m. that night to hear Lindbloom-Carlton speak about her work and conduct a question-and-answer session. Interactivity with the exhibit is encouraged and light refreshments will be served. Some of Lindbloom-Carlton’s students’ artworks are featured, and children are encouraged to attend. There will be videos of related lesson plans available to view.

The intent of the artist is to show how visual arts can inspire deeper academic learning and provoke empathy and positive action among students. Featuring 9 drawings of extinct mammals, the exhibit is arranged in reverse chronological order, the most recent mammal having been declared extinct in 2013. Two of the drawings have related lesson plans and children’s artwork in adjacent displays. The exhibit is interactive, with the public is invited to, first, observe the artwork and interpret what they see; second, read the scientific facts about the artwork; and third, make comments about the artwork on provided 3×5 cards.