July 25, 2016

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Young artists inspired in Brunswick

Editor’s note: The BEAT (Brunswick Educational Access TV) Report is a new feature in The Gazette.

By Rachel Mann
BEAT Reporter

Visintainer is inspiring young artists to use their creative minds.

From left, eighth-graders Kayla Webb and Brooke Hein display ceramic ornaments they created as part of the Visintainer Art Club. Students were asked to create a keepsake ornament using clay that reflects their personal interests and style. (COURTESY PHOTO)

“I believe it is important to keep a visual art program in the school because it expands upon what is taught in other disciplines. It fosters problem-solving skills and creative thinking, which I believe are essential to a successful, well-balanced education and enriched life,” said Lisa Lusk, art teacher at Visintainer Middle School.

The Art Club is a group of students in sixth to eighth grade. The club meets every Tuesday to explore new techniques in art. The club has 66 members and expects to gain new participants. This year, the club will use art to contribute to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“I am energized by seeing students explore their creativity and find a passion for art,” Lusk said.

Visintainer’s successful way of motivating students into the world of art has an effect on young people’s lives. Members of the Art Club will have a positive impact on the people around them, the community they live in, and themselves through their creativity.

Rachel Mann, an eighth-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of more than 30 “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools’ video program.