RedLine Young Artists (Part 1)
Last Saturday Remy had her FIRST photography class! She is enrolled in the RedLine Denver Art Gallery Young Artists Spring photography classes! I forget how or where I originally heard about the program, but I wasn't going to miss out on experiencing this with her after I found out about it!
RedLine is one of the BEST galleries in Denver, and I am embarrassed to say I haven't made the time to visit it, on my own, as a date to myself. One major thing looming on my mind lately is just that- that I MISS soaking in art and viewing it, being alone, in my head. This is something I hope to do more of. I am home during the day after all, what better time to visit an OPEN gallery than a Tuesday at 11 am?! Just need a sitter... any volunteers?!
I of course take photos for this space, but I am by no means a photographer. I used to have a 35 mm which shot film, and I was so so on that, but I have always had a LOVE and appreciation for this art form. I was so excited to discover the RedLine Young Artist classes in photography just in time. Usually I miss the boat on these things. They will have another series in the summer, Sculpture, and one in the fall, Installation. The classes are a three week long series and cost $45 per child for the art supplies and instruction, which I think is a phenomenal DEAL! The age range is 2-5 and meant for the littles to introduce them to art and gallery space. You can find out more here.
When we showed up for our first class, the instructor, Bianca, (INCREDIBLE!!!) explained that the class is designed to be open and flexible, inviting for the littles. She pointed out a box of toys in the corner for when she might get restless, and mentioned that taking a walk through the gallery with her to get her wiggles out was completely welcomed. The classes were held in a large studio in the back of the gallery and Bianca did take the kids on a walk through the gallery at the beginning of the class to find their name tags.
Bianca said that the most important thing to take away from the classes was that the kids should walk into a gallery when they are older and feel like it is home. Her own daughter was there and participating and even played storyteller.
The classes build on each other from one to the next, so when you enroll, be sure that you can make them all! There was plenty of healthy snacks and juice too! This first class started off with an introduction and a brief run down of the rules which were basically a little song they sing when they need to pay attention to instructions and to HAVE FUN and MAKE FRIENDS! Bianca was incredible with the kids, patient and knew just the way to Remy's heart- stickers! After the story and snack, the kiddos got stickers and found their way to a seat where they each had a camera waiting for them to decorate!
Tape, stickers, a view finder to glue on, scissors, paper...Remy was having a ball with the markers. One of her favorite activities is COLORING!!! The story and the class are based on the children's book, Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems. The illustrated cartoon characters pop off the black and white photographic images. The kiddos are learning this use of mixed media.
They were directed to a table where little green Knuffle Bunnies were cut out for them to choose for their story boards, and then there were a lot of black and white printed out images to choose from for their story boards, which they will be photographing later, I believe. The kids also were given instruction to draw a picture of their mommy and their daddy and cut them out. Remy went abstract and had fun with lines, not really old enough to draw images resembling human form. So we tore out a couple of her scribbles to use.
At the end of the class, Remy was getting a bit tired, a long day for the younger ones, and at one point she went over to a piano to tickle the keys. She drew in a couple other little sets of hands who were also getting a little wiggly. At the end, she was asking to go home, so we skipped out on the part where the kids sat around and shared their story boards with the class. That's okay, she is a little young for that part too.
We are VERY excited to see where next Saturday takes us on this journey into the world of photography! I had checked out the Knuffle Bunny book before for Remy from the library and loved the story, and I was so happy to see that the book is a big part of this class. The way Bianca, and Daphne of RedLine are leading the kids and sharing art with them is fascinating and inspiring to watch. I have every intention of exposing Remy to art and creation and want her to express herself, but with two under two, its hard to bust out a craft project that needs glue or scissors. This was also the perfect opportunity to spend a little one on one time with my girl. All the attention was on her and the class was just for her.
She left POOPED! We are excited to see our new little friends next week and will share with you how the rest of the classes unfold. I am pretty sure these little cameras actually work and will be able to snap pics. I am so excited to see the world from Remy's view.