Fifth graders at Josiah Quincy Elementary School are learning art and art history this year in a special class taught by Boston-artist Christos Hamawi.
Hamawi is one of more than 40 artists working in Boston Public Schools and is part of the district’s Arts Expansion Initiative, bringing arts education to 11,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
Hamawi, whose grant for $20,000 allows him to teach 180 fourth and fifth graders, says that the program provides an important bridge between working artists and the schools, providing stability for artists and education for students.
At the Quincy School, where his fifth graders are working on Greek paper mache masks and his fourth graders Roman mosaics, teacher Mimi Fong says she’s impressed by what she sees her students accomplishing in art class.
It’s the first time many of the students have had art instruction, she says.
“This is amazing,” she says, reviewing the students’ work. “It’s not the kind of work you’d expect from a fifth grader. I want to see this framed.”
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