What is Happening to Fine Arts at Ludlowe?

What is Happening to Fine Arts at Ludlowe?

Eliza Paura

Fine arts classes have been part of the Fairfield Ludlowe curriculum for a long time, but they receive minimal representation, and students in the fine arts programs at Ludlowe believe that it is not being fairly represented. 

The fine arts programs have not grown much since 2019, and not until 2022 did our school start representing a small portion of  fine arts at Ludlowe. 

Currently there are only two fine art clubs at Ludlowe, the biggest being The National Art Honors Society (NAHS). The NAHS aids their members in accomplishing high standards in art scholarships, character, and service. The NAHS also focuses on bringing art education to Ludlowe and the town of Fairfield. 

The NAHS states that there are various ways that they can advertise their work to Fairfield citizens, but this year their main focus is the Farmer’s Market, which is perfect for the NAHS considering how much the town of Fairfield praises hand-made crafts. However, the Farmer’s Market is their only way to raise money for new paint brushes, paint, and other painting supplies for their new mural. 

Considering that the fine arts don’t get as much funding from the school compared to other programs like sports and theater, gaining recognition is very difficult. 

Keira McCollum, one of the members of the NAHS believes that there is a way to fix the schools lack of art representation, one of which being moving the art classrooms from the basement. Being able to see what happens inside a classroom, especially electives, is what makes students interested in possibly taking that course, but the location of the art classrooms make fine art recognition a lot harder. “Administrators at Ludlowe should offer more places to put art” states McCollum. Currently in FLHS, there are only two locations where students can examine the art that is being made in this school, one of which being in the basement by the art rooms, and the other being by the library. 

Making these adjustments  can be a game changer for not only the art programs, but for the entirety of Ludlowe as well.