Thousands of young artists across the state take part in the annual Texas Elementary Art Meet (TEAM). This year, Aldine ISD had more than 20 students earn “Top of the TEAM” awards. This is the highest honor the Texas Art Educators Association (TAEA) bestows on elementary age students.
The Texas Art Educators Association has also been recognizing young students and art educators since 2009. TEAM follows the quality and standards of the VASE model. This is the program for middle and high school students. TEAM is uniquely designed. It meets the needs and learning styles of elementary age students.
The program also encourages students to nurture their artistic talent said Dr. Michaelann Kelley. She is the director of visual arts in AISD.
“Art and creativity are essential in children’s development,” Kelley said. “Simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. The benefits of art are many. They include improved language development, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness and improved academic performance.”
Kelley sees the TEAM Awards as a way to give young students creative recognition. Every student that takes part receives a certificate. Students that earn a “Good” or “Grow” rating receive ribbons. TAEA awards medals to students that earn “Exemplary” ratings for their artwork. Each year, experienced art educators comprise the juror panel.
Aldine ISD took part in the Region 4 competition. Kelley is proud of the students that took part in the program. She lauded the students that earned “Top of the Team.” Only the top 10 percent across the state earn this distinction.
Each year, TAEA selects several pieces from among the Top of the TEAM recipients. The association will post the students work on its website.
Kelley lauds art education in schools.
“We also have incredible art educators across the District. Art teachers help children develop their artistic abilities. At the same time, they are helping students express themselves.
“Art also has a way of helping young and old to connect with the world around them. Art opens people to new ways of seeing things as well as enjoying deeper forms of beauty. These social and community skills are all essential in helping students fulfill their potential.
“Many studies show the amazing benefits of art education. Integrating art in other core subjects makes learning come alive. Arts integration taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning.”
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