Belton: School administrators master creativity in summer art class

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - Belton ISD administrators took classes of their own Tuesday, in an effort to inspire creativity for the upcoming school year.

Belton ISD administrators took classes of their own Tuesday, in an effort to inspire creativity for the upcoming school year. (Photo by: Megan Vanselow)

The classes were held at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor as part of Belton ISD’s 2019 theme of “Design. Create. Build.”

Eight different art classes were offered for 170 administrators, taught by Belton’s art teachers.

“Teaching middle schooler's is a lot of fun there's a lot of activities like throwing spit wads kids doing what kids do. And the administrators haven't done that yet and it's difficult I expect them to argue with me a little.” Middle school art teacher, Matthew Wells joked.

The classes ranged from drawing, painting, calligraphy, mosaics or upside down sketching.

The goal was for the faculty to take away more than just the art skills, but apply the creativity to their everyday work.

“We are people who are used to having very specific plans and mapping everything out it gave us the opportunity to think differently than we’re used to and kind of flip upside down what we’re used to.” Executive Director of special programs, Jennifer Ramirez said.

Superintendent Susan Kincannon says it all comes down to the students. “Education is definitely a creative field and as the school leaders for our school district, we want them to be able to constantly think about the work that they're doing and how they can continually get better to enhance the lives of our students.”

“Art requires concentration and some innovation and some open mindedness. So to step through those processes in a work of art is a metaphor for how we deal with everyday life.” Chairman of the UMHB Art department, Hershall Seals said.