This past school year, it's gone high tech.
Carrie Woody's students at Quarryville and Providence elementary schools have been using a pair of iPads to help them incorporate technology in their art projects.
"This has broadened their horizons," Woody said. "With kids today, we have to go with more technology rather than just using the basic art skills of drawing and painting. That doesn't mean we don't use those skills. The iPads just allow us to add on to them. They also draw on them."
She used a grant from the Solanco Education Foundation to buy the two iPads. Woody got the grant last October and had the technology in place by the beginning of 2018.
"I'm very grateful and happy to get them through the grant," Woody said. "They have improved and enhanced art education in the elementary schools. They are easy to transport and that's important as I travel between the two elementary schools," she said.
The art teacher uses the new iPads in combination with iPads already in the elementary schools. The new iPads, however, are used solely for art and are always available.
Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades have also used the iPads to create digital art portfolios.
Eventually, younger students will also be creating portfolios "but we just wanted to start with the older kids," the art teacher said.
In the coming school year, Woody plans to use the iPads to create step animation projects. "We're going to see how Pixar does that. We will show them what they see on TV doesn't magically appear. The technology does it," she said.
"The iPads have added to their excitement level."
Woody's grant was among 11 awarded by the foundation early last fall.
The foundation raises money for the grants as well as scholarships for graduating seniors. Next month, the foundation will host one of its primary fundraisers, a golf tournament at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club. The tournament will begin at noon on August 17 and will have a scramble start at 1 p.m. A dinner at Emory's at Tanglewood will follow the tournament.
Registration is $90 per golfer before August 9 and $360 per team. After August 9, registration is $100 per golfer and $400 for a team. Checks and registration information should be sent to the Solanco Education Foundation, 121 S. Hess St., Quarryville PA 17566.