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Why Art? Art Anatomy and Science…by Joe Szafarowicz

Youth in detention enjoy art class. Regardless of the planned activity they put in a good effort and are cooperative and conscientious about their work. Some may start slower than most but eventually they buy in and join in the fun. A common request from many of the youth in detention, either at the Juvenile Detention Center or the Youth Treatment Center in Toledo, Ohio, is a desire to learn the basics of drawing. They want to learn how to draw; they want to learn about perspective, shading and composition.

The Discovery Art Program is giving the boys in the summer session at the Youth Treatment Center a chance to improve upon the basic fundamentals of drawing. The instructor, Jan Revill, has designed a class that will provide the boys with lessons that will challenge them and provide them with opportunities to learn about the fundamentals that they so eagerly want to learn about.

The Discovery Art Program, in addition to providing art instruction in a classroom setting, also takes the group into the community to meet artists, professionals in art related endeavors, and tour businesses that have an art component as their base. Youth in the summer session at the YTC will tour a business/educational facility on June 25, at the University of Toledo.

The young men will tour the UT-Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (IISC) at the U. of Toledo. The IISC was developed to improve the quality of patient care by training health care professionals using simulation models, simulated clinical settings and 3D Virtual Immersive Environments. In addition to training healthcare professionals the IISC partners with industry to create new products and procedures that improve upon patient care.

The 3D imagery capabilities and virtual spaces allows doctors and students to learn about the body, surgical procedures and techniques by creating 3D holographic like imaging that puts doctors, teachers and learners in the body to create a visual learning experience that will position the University of Toledo as a world leader in the education of health care professionals.

A major component of this incredible visual learning experience is art. Anatomical artists provide the graphics in text books and journals for doctors, nurses, paramedics and health care professionals to study. The IISC has taken the next step in the education of medical personnel by creating a teaching environment that is a blend of art and high tech cutting edge computer graphics, programming and design.

The young men from the Toledo YTC will hear directly from the artists who create the breathtaking imagery how art contributes to the programming to enhance learning in many related medical fields.

They will not only learn about perspective, shading, composition and design; they will learn about many more advanced art techniques that are applied in the creation of one of the most advanced teaching programs in the world.

While touring and learning about the role that art plays in the development of the complex programs at the IISC the young men will learn about the many different careers that the medical center provides programs for. They will learn about pharmacists, EMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, doctors and scientists from many diverse professions. In addition they will learn firsthand how the university is developing partnerships with industry to design new products and procedures.

From classroom lessons focusing on perspective, shading and composition to the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center at the University of Toledo six young men will learn a lot about art, related professions and experience a tour that will they will never, ever forget.


Why Art? Blog X…by Joe Szafarowicz

Why Art? Blog X

Learning in Detention

Throughout this blog I have indicated how impressed we are with the dedication, attention to detail, cooperation and enthusiasm of the youth in the art classes. They give us their best effort every class with few exceptions. We are also impressed with the progress they make in the short time that they are with us. They are learning.

We have also noted that staff who work with the youth feel the same way. Judges, counselors, JDO staff, all have observed that learning is taking place in detention. That awareness is significant.

A recent article in the Juvenile Justice Center newsletter, written by Marty McIntyre, Public Relations and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Toledo, Ohio Juvenile Justice Center attests to the fact that professionals throughout the system recognize that learning is taking place and that art integration can play an important part in programming for youth in custody.

I would like to include Marty McIntyre’s article for the JJC newsletter because it is beautifully written and captures the essence of what the art program attempts to achieve in each and every art class in detention.       

JJC Newsletter

Jan. 12, 2015

Volume 12, Issue No. 1

Learning Is Certainly Happening Here

A new art gallery, featuring two dimensional and three dimensional youth artwork, opened at the Juvenile Justice Center on December 10. Invitees to the official gallery opening represented media, business, friends, and family.

What the art represented on the walls and in display cases spanned an equally broad spectrum of talent, training and tenacity. The gallery opening theme (Learning Is Certainly Happening Here) derived from a similar observation made by one of the American Correctional Association auditors during YTC’s recent audit in November.

Both the “Art Integrated Math” program taught at JDC and the “Discovery Art” program in use at YTC are under the direction of Joe Szafarowicz and Jan Revill, of ArtWorks. As both instructors explained, the art standards utilized at YTC and JDC are the same education standards used statewide. Each piece of artwork displayed represented a different lesson focus. In addition, there were always “non-art” lessons (some planned, some serendipitous) cultivated in each project—learning patience as the artist waited for a section of a water color to dry, or taking a chance with a new medium or technique because the art teacher earned their trust.

Two YTC artists, chosen to represent the youth, also addressed the gallery, sharing their journeys as young artists.

Thanks to the Court staff who welcomed guests and also provided further information to the media representatives in attendance. The gallery opening was covered in both The Blade and the Toledo Free Press.