Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The After School Art Club's Recent Art Show
What the classes cover: Students learn landscape, still life, portrait, figure drawing and painting. (Clothed figures for this age group.) They learn to use soft and oil pastels, acrylic paints, and watercolor paints, as well as charcoal and colored pencils. We explore ethnic arts and artists for El Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month (Harlem Renaissance), and Women's History Month, and we use bamboo brushes for special techniques during Tet or Asian New Year. The students do a variety of styles from Impressionism to abstract, and they keep portfolios that they get to take home at the end of the year.
It's always exciting to see their growth by the end of the year when they select a piece of their art to exhibit. This year was no exception. Their work will be up for the rest of June. Already 7 pieces have sold ($5.00), and Saturday we had a small "Second Saturday" reception from 10:00 a.m. to noon, passing out punch and cookies. My four "super helper moms" are shown inthe first picture above. A picture of two of the artists and their moms and Sharon at the reception are shown next. And an overall shot of the 22 pieces of art in the show is shown to the right, followed by close ups of the works.
If you are in the area, stop buy, enjoy the art, and visit the store. I buy most of my art supplies there, and they offer discounts for teachers and students. If you are not in the area, support art somewhere, somehow. It makes such a difference in young people's lives, and school art programs are being wiped out by budget cuts everywhere.