Children’s Art Featured in Exhibit
The Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., for ‘Imagining the World,’ children’s artwork from the Academy’s arts Voyage program. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view each weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. through May 11. Now in its eighth year partnering with Chatham Public Schools and other schools in the region, this year’s artsVoyage program is engaging more than 200 third-graders in the animals, culture and indigenous art of Australia, Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty, a study of plants and seeds using 17th-century botanical drawings and contemporary art as inspiration, and a multi-layered study of the role of the artist in Venice, Italy.
Tom Lee is the Academy’s Director of Education and has been leading the artsVoyage program for five years. Lee, who is also an arts educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art and The Metropolitan Opera, said the artsVoyage program was conceived as a way to use the arts to enhance and enrich existing classroom curriculum in local schools.
“Students respond to this program on a very deep level,” Lee said. “In each unit, the artwork and stories of a specific time and place becomes a window into history. Our classes begin with observation and conversation, then writing and then drawing. In the process, young artists take ownership of their unique points of view, gain an empathy for the unfamiliar, discover a new means of self-expression and establish a set of tools for lifelong investigation.”
The exhibition will feature a 20-foot-long Chinese ink scroll of poetry that each class had a hand in creating, botanical art, and a series about animals and nature inspired by Aboriginal Australian artworks including ancient cave paintings and contemporary works, such as dot and hand paintings and Dreamtime and X-ray art.
“Kid’s art is heart-stoppingly beautiful. I encourage art lovers who don’t usually have the opportunity to experience children’s art to attend this show. It will expand and vitalize your visual experience,” Lee said.
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