Department of Fine Arts Sponsors Lecture
by Larry Barnfield, 2013 Medal of Honor Recipient
April 11 at 11 a.m. Common Time Lecture
Rutledge 119 – Approved Cultural Credit Event
Nature and Needs of the Artistically Gifted and Talented Student: An Observational Research Project
During a one week period, 17 fine arts teachers, in small groups, observed rising ninth grade students at the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities in each of the arts disciplines. From their observations the teachers recorded Personality Observations, Instructional Observations, and Psycho-social Observations for students in each of the arts disciplines. At the end of each day, the teachers posted and compared their observations for similarities. At the end of the five days the teachers created composite descriptors for students in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre arts, visual art, and vocal music. The implication from the observational research is that artistically gifted students in the various arts disciplines have distinct and different teaching needs.
As fine arts coordinator for Dorchester School District Two, Larry Barnfield continuously works to increase the number of outstanding arts opportunities and arts faculty in South Carolina schools. During the past ten years, he has expanded the district’s arts program, earning the district national recognition.
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education has recognized Barnfield’s work in District Two on three occasions. Two schools under his direction have been recognized as “Arts Schools of Distinction,” and the district has received the “Kennedy Center/National School Boards Association Award for Arts Programming.” During Barnfield’s tenure, granting organizations have awarded the district more than $2.5 million in funds for arts programs, and the district earned a U.S. Department of Education grant to create a neighborhood arts-focused middle school.
Barnfield has received several recognitions for his work in arts education. While in the classroom, he was named “Teacher of the Year” in two large districts, designated as a state honor-roll teacher, received the “Disney American Teacher Award,” the 2010 Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the 2012 National Supervision/Administration Art Educator Award from the National Art Education Association.