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Saturday Morning art enrichment program links ONU to community

September— In 2006, Ohio Northern University art education professor Linda Lehman founded the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program benefiting Ohio Northern students as well as local elementary students. The program was also designed to connect the University and the departments of art & design and education to the surrounding community.

Now, in its sixth year, the program continues to flourish. SMArts is an exciting enrichment program designed for students interested in the visual arts and creative experiences. The program offers student engagement in a variety of media and activities including sculpting, creating handmade paper, photography, drawing and painting. Art appreciation and art history experiences are made possible through the students’ access to the university’s art resources such as the outdoor bronze sculptures by the artists, Remington, Fraser and Russell.

This year the program, starting in October, will focus on the integration of science and art as children combine their creative and problem solving skills as both an artist and a scientist.

This program is sponsored in part by the Ada Kiwanis Club and supported by Ohio Northern University’s Center for Teacher Education. There will be no cost to participants.

The Art Enrichment Program is coordinated by Ohio Northern’s art education instructor, Linda Lehman and Dr. Debra Gallagher. Classes are taught by selected ONU teacher candidates. Sixteen teacher candidates under the supervision of Professor Lehman and Professor Gallagher are involved in teaching and assisting students.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.