The O.N. Jonas Foundation partners with the Creative Arts Guild and local school systems to bring quality art education programs to students in Dalton Public, Murray County and Whitfield County schools and several non-traditional schools. Jonas art education programs offer a variety of fine arts topics including visual arts, music, theory and dance. The following Jonas artists recently presented art education programs in many area schools.
Brian Engel is part of an new community movement helping to revive and promote the art of glass music. His instrument is a glass harp consisting of 50 glasses of different sizes, which he plays by carefully rubbing their rims with moistened fingers. Engel's school programs include the incorporation of science, music, history and cultural studies and how they correlate to the current curriculum. His extensive repertoire includes his originals, popular songs, jazz standards and classical music.
Alex Mizell has been a guest art teacher in local schools this fall. He has been teaching the art of working with acrylic paints with students. His techniques include creating a variety of colors and textures in a painting. As part of his art education program, he has helped each student create a still life painting.
The Jonas Foundation brings talented artists into school systems at no cost to the students.