Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our youngest artists’ work, on display in April

April showers us with art from our students

The work of our youngest artists will be on display on April 2 and 3 at the Artists for Kids Gallery, 810
West 21st Street in North Vancouver. The after-school programs will be proudly displaying their work on April 2, from 6:30-7:30 pm, while the architecture students will have their work shown on April 3, from 7-8 pm.

Since January, about 150 students have been discovering their talents as they explore various media through the 14 after-school programs offered by Artists for Kids. From introductory classes for those in Kindergarten, to printmaking and jewellery making, and a pre-University studio program for students nearing the end of high school, the next generation of artists are discovering the breadth of their talent, and will proudly have it on display on April 2. 

Beyond after-school classes, students with an interest and aptitude for Architecture have been part of a special immersion program. Architecture Canada (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) has supported three architecture-specific programs during the school year. In November 2011, and in January 2012, almost 50 Grade 3 students had the opportunity to work with an architect to expand their understanding of space and forms. In addition, in January, a group of Grade 8 students participated in three day-long classes designed specifically for them. Through these programs, students were able to learn more about the power of architecture and the elements that make it effective as well an asset to our communities.
“Beyond the simple joy of creating, an education in the arts allows students to explore the work around them, and reflect what they see through art. In addition, the arts allows students to learn creative problem-solving techniques, a skill that will benefit them in whichever career they pursue,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. 
Be sure to attend the presentations on April 2 and 3, and see the spirit and energy of our next generation of artists and architects.  

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