Youth in Arts hosted our forth Free Family Art Night for the fire impacted, Hidden Valley Elementary in Santa Rosa on February 6th. Hidden Valley lost their satellite location in the North Bay Fires in October 2017. In addition 133 students, 1/4 of their school population, were displaced from their homes by the fire. In spite of surviving this incredible adversity, all of the event’s participants were wonderfully positive, enthusiastic, and engaged. They produced some of the most beautiful Family Flags we have seen thus far – full of color, hope and life. We loved spending our evening with the Hidden Valley Hawks! #hawkstrong
Thank you to our project partner Riley Street Art Supply for providing all of the art supplies for the Family Art Night. RileyStreet also generously donated fantastic art kits to all of the students who lost their homes in the fires.
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On December 4th, Youth in Arts hosted a Family Art Night at James Monroe Elementary in Santa Rosa, as part of a free program offered to schools impacted by the recent fires. Riley Street Art Supply [http://www.rileystreet.com] kindly provided the supplies for 50 students and their families to take part in the Family Flag project. Participants were asked to close their eyes and think of symbols that give them strength and power. When they opened their eyes they were asked to quickly draw four thumbnail sketches. They then chose their favorite image from the group and redrew it on a larger scale on the canvas flag. After all the symbols were sketched, they added lots of vibrant pastel and watercolor to complete the piece. The finished flags were beautiful and colorful images representing the resilience, diversity and heart of James Monroe Elementary. Thank you for having us!
Cascade Canyon School families gathered earlier this Fall to make family flags as part of a Youth in Arts visual arts residency. Working with Mentor Artist Cathy Bowman and Program Director Morgan Schauffler, families participated in a lively discussion about the meaning of symbols and what shapes best represented each family. The artists began by tracing their images on scratch paper, then transferring onto recycled canvas panels. They decided which lines and shapes to keep, and traced over those with a black pen. Artists then used black Sharpie pens, oil pastels and watercolors to complete their pieces. Artists were encouraged to think beyond familiar symbols such as a heart or peace sign and consider using shapes that had no name or familiar form. The event was a great chance for parents and their children to collaborate artistically. Thank you Cascade Canyon!