Art work made by children who participated in the Mulvane Art Museum’s Art In School and Art After School programs are featured in The "Celebration of Young Artists!” exhibit is on display through July 31 on the first floor hallway of Garvey Fine Arts Center at Washburn University.
A total of 956 students in 40 USD 501 fourth grade classrooms participated in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and 3D art education experiences. In many classes, the artist-educator met with the classroom teacher in advance to determine what art projects would support their students’ learning in content areas. In other classes, artist-educators approached their lessons as art-for-arts-sake.
In the “Art After School Program”, Mulvane staff visited 26 after school groups and provided sequential art education and unique art experiences to 600 children ages 5 to 12 at Asbury Mount Olive Youth Empowerment Program, Hope Family Center at Topeka Rescue Mission, Pathways Family Life Center, Salvation Army After School, Garfield and Oakland Community Centers, Topeka and North Topeka Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA Primetime and YWCA Kid’s Quest. Children experimented with art techniques to create multicultural projects such as rain sticks, puppets and molas and tried new activities such as painting to music. They created sculptures from paper, clay, model magic and recyclables and explored drawing, painting, mosaic, printmaking, and assemblage.
The Museum provided artist-educators as instructors and all the art materials used during the hands-on art lessons thanks to grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Active 20-30 Club, Cox Communications, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Hallmark Foundation, Junior League of Topeka, Kansas Gas Service, a Division of ONEOK, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Sabatini Family Foundation, Target Foundation, Topeka Community Foundation, Westar Energy Foundation, Washburn University, Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum, Inc. and the Mulvane Women’s Board.
For more information about the Mulvane Art Museum’s art education programs, go to www.washburn.edu/mulvane. Exhibition hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-3 p.m. Admission is free and accessible parking is available west of the Museum. For information, call (785) 670-1124.
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