A local artist’s donation of $500 to Wimberley elementary art teachers is expected to go a long way for students, according to a press release.
Jennifer Ober, a Wimberley area artist, presented the donation to Jacob’s Well Elementary teachers Aug. 20. Ober, a certified teacher and owner of an area art studio, shared proceeds of her summer camp earnings in the form of a scholarship or donation to further arts in the community.
“Art teaches history. Art teaches math … Art teaches students how to verbalize their thoughts, ideas and processes when they speak about their work,” Ober said in a statement. “It nurtures an out-of-the-box way of thinking that is so valued in the workplace today. Art makes lots of kids excited to go to school.”
Ober said she believes art and music are a fundamental part of a well-rounded education and the “soul of a school.”
According to the release, Jacob’s Well educators will continue to raise funds for a kiln which will be used for firing the students’ clay creations.
“We are very grateful for Jennifer’s generous support of our arts program at Jacob’s Well and for her enthusiastic mentorship of our students. We look forward to really firing up our art classes through the addition of a kiln on our campus,” said Mary Grace Barbee, Jacob’s Well Elementary School Art Teacher.