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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Episode 108 (Epilogue): Kids and Art

Tonight’s show discussed children and art. Involvement in the arts has shown to have positive implications for children, such as increased ability in math, reading, and critical thinking, as well as better cognitive ability and verbal skill. Tamara Teeter Knapp and Bonnie Wilson came in to talk about creating art with children as well as how children can interact with the art of others.

Tamara Teeter Knapp is an arts educator and expressive arts facilitator, and in 2007 joined with three women to form Expressive Arts Florida. With us, she discussed the individual benefits of children creating their own art, ways to inspire kids to interact with art, how often kids should have the opportunity to create their own art, how to incorporate art into every kid’s home, basic essential materials, art with kids resources, and the benefits of art classes. Specifically, Tamara teaches local classes in the Waldorf style. Waldorf style integrates art into all aspects of the child’s curriculum and espouses the belief that everything is beautiful, influencing the feeling and moral education of the child.  If you would like to find out more about her program or these classes, you can visit

Bonnie Wilson is the Scholastic Programs Coordinator at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where she oversees the museum’s school-related programming. With Bonnie we discussed how children can interact with the art of others, specifically with regard to the Ringling museum and the many ways they make art accessible, fun, and exciting to kids. Furthermore, Bonnie discussed with us how to teach kids museum manners, how parents can get their children to think critically about art, and ways parents can explore art with their kids outside the museum. The Ringling museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and until 8:00 pm on Thursdays. To learn more about the Ringling museum, you can visit To call for general information, you can call 941-359-5700.

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