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BELTON — Art teacher Alicia Richardson paced around the classroom.

The day’s lesson was in watercolor painting. Richardson’s students were busy flicking paint onto a poster board and learning how to evenly paint a color — two basic watercolor techniques.

“Good job, ladies,” Richardson told a pair of students sitting near the front of the room.

Typically, Richardson would be teaching freshmen at Belton High School’s ninth grade campus. But these were not teenagers — they were Belton Independent School District administrators.

More than 150 Belton ISD principals, counselors and other district leaders spent their Tuesday afternoon participating in nine hands-on art classes at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. They were learning how to use art and creativity as another way to think about teaching.

“Basically, it shows how to be creative in whatever you’re doing, and a lot of students are not just focused on the core classes — they really thrive in the arts,” Richardson said, explaining the importance of art in education. “It shows how to incorporate that into whatever anyone is doing. It’s always good to be creativity and show where their talents are.”

Jessica Costine, assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, was in Richardson’s watercoloring class. Although she loved to create art, she said she does not have time to do it anymore.

“In today’s world where you can Google a picture of anything, I haven’t been appreciating art and the time and effort (that go into it), and how you have to be creative to do that,” Costine said.

Having students create more art in the classroom, the Lakewood assistant principal said, would increase students’ critical thinking skills.

“We don’t do that in the classroom today. We make them follow every single direction and every step, make them answer every problem we teach them,” Costine said. “These are the job…

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