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!
Kindergarenters have spent weeks learning about lines and observational drawing, and now it’s time to show what we know. Students were given mirrors and asked to make faces: what does happy look like? Sad? Angry? Surprised? We then talked about our friends faces and what we can do to keep them smiling. Children had the opportunity to experiment with mirrors.
Next, we made emotions faces: four quick sketches showing our faces with different emotions. Students added color with their colored pencils. Regular practice has made them pros with color.
In our third week of portraits, we went big on beautiful heavy watercolor paper (thank you RileyStreet for making sure we have the best supplies). Once students had practiced drawing a big oval with just their finger on the paper, they were given pencils then sharpies. Don’t forget the details (hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, ears, etc).
And then comes color! In oil pastels then liquid watercolors. I’m glad to have the super strong watercolor paper.
And finally, tell me a story with your picture frame. What do you love? What have you learned? What do you want people to know about you?
You can see all of the beautiful Kindergarten Art in our Gallery at Youth in Arts April 14-May 26.
Youth in Arts thanks the Creative HeArts Fund and the Tamura and Rezaian families for their ongoing support for this program.
This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
Students have been working with Mentor Artist Suzanne Joyal, learning to use drawing pencils, black china markers, colored pencils, and even Sharpies. They have been working on showing and telling more about themselves through their pictures, and on customizing their Beautiful New Art Journals. Thank you RileyStreet yet again for your help in getting the best supplies to our kids.