March is Youth Art Month

   While Youth Art Month typically occurs in March, local and state events celebrating visual art education take place on almost a year round basis. Events are taking place right now in schools, libraries, art centers, museums, and state capitol buildings. Maybe you have seen my tweets?! Currently, WE HAVE MENTOR ARTSTUDENTS who have work representing our congressional district in the Capitol Building in WASHINGTON D.C. and in Columbus. We also have students competing in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition (our "states") this weekend. Mentor students K-12 are competing at the state level in the PTA Reflections contest (in visual art, film, literature and photography) and high school students at the national level (Scholastics Art Awards). Mentor art students are also volunteering for numerous community and global programs such as the LEAF Umbrella Project and The Memory Project, as well as United Way's "Light the Way" project and helping with preparing for The League of Innovative Schools Conference in April.


We hope you feel proud of our Art Program and we thank you for your support. Feel free to share the following from the National Art Education Association:

Youth Art Month Benefits

Youth Art Month exists to:

1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
2. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
3. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
4. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
5. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
6. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
7. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in artexhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
8. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

September 11 - 17, 2016
Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. Watch this action sketch video:
Calling all MHS Art Alumni!
As an MHS alum, you play a critical role in our students' and our community's understanding of the arts! We are actively working on ways to keep you connected with us and with one another. We developed this survey with the goal of communicating with our alumni in the hope that we can share the best opportunities and most useful resources with our current art students and inform our stakeholders about careers in art. 
Welcome to Fine Art at Mentor High School!
My Educational Philosophy:

As an art educator I am committed to the importance of art instruction for my students and the belief that art—and therefore art education— enriches our lives. Beyond the qualities of creativity, self-expression, and communication, however, art IS a type of work. “Through art, our students learn the meaning of joy of work—work done to the best of one’s ability, for its own sake, for the satisfaction of a job well done.” As an art educator I am dedicated to the idea that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of work.
Creating artwork enriches lives and fosters a positive learning environment for students. But because art IS work, parents, teachers, and the community must recognize and value each child’s efforts in its creation. “Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level.” Good work can foster value in students if we, as a learning community, demonstrate our value for the effort it takes to create good work. Each time we commit ourselves to the endeavor of art, we are dedicated to the idea that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of work. I know that I am dedicated to the idea that all students should be given the opportunity to see how art can help them express the highest aspirations of the human spirit.

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-Mrs. Kane

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