I'm excited about my students' art show coming up a week-from today. It will be in the window of my favorite art supplier's store.
The exhibit will go up on March 10th, "Second Saturday" and will be in the store's special window for the rest of March and all of April. The students have a little reception outside the store, serving punch and cookies. The manager, Dave Saalsaa, is always so supportive, and parents usually bring more relatives and friends to see the work.
I have ten regular students in class this year, from age 7 to age 16 (the latter a returning student.) Most of the students are 9 or 10. The above pictures are 5 of the 10 pieces that will be in the show — pictures taken before they were matted. Along with the matted pictures on display, the students have "artistic statements" with artist photos, and the pictures have labels with the name of the work, the student's age, and the media used for the art piece.
Here's the announcement.
THE SOUTH NATOMAS CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM
2018 ART EXHIBITION
SHOW-CASING WORK OF ARTISTS AGES 7-16
WHERE? THE WINDOW OF UNIVERSITY ART SUPPLIES
UNIVERSITY ART STORE WINDOW
2601 J STREET
SACRAMENTO, CA. 95816
(Midtown – corner of 26th & J Streets)
EXHIBIT OPENS SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018 WITH A STUDENT RECEPTION FROM 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
ART WORK WILL BE DISPLAYED THROUGH MARCH AND APRIL
I simply love doing this each year, but I had to drop it last year when it looked like I might have a second eye surgery. As it turned out, I didn't (touch wood). I really missed the class. I love what I'm doing as a writer, but I do spend the majority of the week huddled over my keyboard and in the land of imagination. A real high point is going to this class each Thursday and watching the students get immersed in their art. This was the first year we got easels, and we use these for the painting, but also for some pastel work.
If you like art and you are in the Sacramento area next Saturday, I hope you can find time to come by for some punch and cookies and enjoy the student art. University Art Supplies also has good prices on art materials, for those of you who paint or draw.
Meanwhile, do you have pet projects that take you away from your keyboard and your WIP? Any school programs that you participate in?