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Out of the Woods and into the Light: O. L. Samuels' Mentoring of Children with At-Risk Tendencies

Author: Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt (Middle Tennessee State University)

  • Out of the Woods and into the Light: O. L. Samuels' Mentoring of Children with At-Risk Tendencies

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    Out of the Woods and into the Light: O. L. Samuels' Mentoring of Children with At-Risk Tendencies

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O. L. Samuels is a well-known folk artist who began carving wood twenty years ago to overcome personal despair. Since that day, he has credited art with saving his life. Recently, Samuels shared his belief in the healing powers of art with his students at Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE), a community arts organization that serves children and young adults with at-risk tendencies. Although Samuels is illiterate, he is a natural teacher who has used recycled wood, personal history, and dialogue to teach children about art and the environment. Working with Samuels, FACE’s students have learned from his example (1) paying more attention to the environment, (2) becoming more patient, (3) using art to soothe the soul, and (4) developing positive relationships. Samuels has served as an excellent mentor because he has demonstrated care for FACE’s students, fostered their talents, and believed in their capabilities.

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Sickler-Voigt, D. C., (2003) “Out of the Woods and into the Light: O. L. Samuels' Mentoring of Children with At-Risk Tendencies”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education 21(1), p.60-67. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jcrae.5002

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01 Sep 2003
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