National Geographic : 1997 Sep
While most art classes teach us how to express life, it is a rare one indeed that teaches us how to live it. But that's what Darcy Swope aspires to in her art classes at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. In addition to teaching her students the fundamentals of drawing and painting, Darcy incorporates lessons that instill lifelong habits and values. Classwide projects, like the creation of a gigantic rainbow, become opportunities to show the importance of sharing and cooperation. Group discussions about individual works of art teach the children to see things from different perspectives and to critique with sensitivity. There's even a lesson in the simple act of cleaning a paintbrush. By attributing human feelings to the children's art supplies, Darcy turns cleaning "Mr. Brush" into a metaphor for treating others with respect and kindness. For showing us how art not only imitates life but offe lessons in it, we are proud to honor Darcy Mason Swope as our newest Good Neighbor Award winner. State Farm is pleased to contribute $5,000 in her name to The Potomac School. STATAM GOOD NEIGHBOR INSURANCE AWARD STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois www.statefarm.com The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with the National Art Education Association.