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New teacher: Art vital to education, draws from many subjects


October 25, 2016

STUDENT Colby Montigue, right, watches as art teacher Autumn Almanza works on a pottery piece.

To Autumn Almanza, doing art is a comprehensive process involving nearly every element of what students learn in school.

Almanza, Sweet Home High School’s new art teacher, says that makes it a vital component of education.

Art class is an ongoing scientific experiment, she said, that involves hypothesis and experiment and understanding scientific fields like chemistry. It connects to history in a way the written word may not as victors write the history books, yet it remains wedded to language arts, while applying mathematics on the technical side.

The 32-year-old teacher passionately...

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