Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Future of Art...shown in the "P.S. Art 2013" Exhibit

Brianna Harris and Kayla Medina (Age 9, Grade 4). Friends Forever, 2013. Acrylic on paper. School: P.S. 214, Bronx. Art Teacher: Qinqin Li

P.S. Art 2013 - Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids

Where: the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education 

When: June 11, 2013–August 25, 2013

         As a child I remember my very first encounter with the art world. Sitting in an overcrowded New York City classroom, I was introduced to oil pastels, collage, and mosaic through the eyes of a Teaching Artist named Roger Rothstien. At the age of nine, I never understood why my school took the time to bring in an artist. How was I to know the influence this experience would have on my life (hey, I'm now an artist!)? 

         Now, twelve years later, the NYC Department of Education is still at it, working with an organization to bring in professional artists, like Mr. R, to enrich the lives and learning experience of their pupils. Studio in a School, said organization, works with children ages Pre-K to Twelfth grade! Thanks to a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York, a culmination of young work has been professionally mounted and exhibited, showing the fruits of this ingenious program. These are the talents of tomorrow and definitely worth seeing. You never know, you might just see the early works of a new Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso. For more information, click here.

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