Basics’ teacher going above and beyond to teach kids art
When Karen King first started working at Basics & Beyond Alternative High School, she noticed one key thing was missing from the curriculum: art. King, who serves as the Centre for Arts & Artists resident art instructor and maintains a studio there, stepped up to the plate.
“I was hired here at Basics last year and students don’t have art,” King said. “So I suggested that I bring in some pottery wheels and they do art during their homeroom time, which is about 25 minutes long. On Friday, students can leave at noon and a lot of them choose to stay and create.”
The district stopped allotting funding for the Basics arts programs several years ago, King said. So King, along with the first lady of the Jasper County art scene and CAA executive director Linda Klepinger brainstormed.
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