RedLine Young Artists Fall Session: Installation Part 1
Art! I always wished I could do visual art, and maybe someday I will give it a go. I have always admired art and love visiting museums. I would love to do that more, but taking it all in is better for me to do solo. That should be my next free time date I think! For now though, I am working on providing my girls with the tools and resources to create art, and I am having fun watching them experiment. I could be better at creating a free range, designated "art space" in our home, I will think about that in the new year. I am trying to get over the crayons-in-the-mouth milestone with Arlo first, I think.
So, that is why the classes geared towards the littlest artists, held at RedLine art gallery in Denver are perfect! They are completely equipped for messes and exploration and they have excellent instruction and all of the art supplies. Last spring Remy participated in their Young Artists session. You can see her classes from the spring here, here and here. It is CRAZY to see how much she has developed in just ONE summer, a few months time! The instructors were blown away by her use of vocabulary and even her motor skills are more refined and her patience for sitting and participating in the hour long sessions has grown since then! Everyone says the growth is crazy from newborn to one year, but in my opinion it's one to two years.
So, I was very excited to have Remy registered for their fall session, which happened at the beginning of this October. The sessions are a commitment of three consecutive Saturday morning classes, that build upon each other. Bianca and Daphne, the instructors are incredible! The classes always start out with story time and going over house rules, basically to have fun, make friends, and then they break into the art right away and the kiddos and their parent or guardian trap a seat at the work station. The direction is actually quite minimal, they put music on and the instructors go around and guide, but really it is you and your kiddo creating. There are healthy snacks and drinks for the kids too. At the end, they wrap it up back in the center with a share session of what everyone created. It was so awesome to see Remy presenting her work! "That's yellow!" She knows her colors so well and really impressed me. She was even learning to mix yellow and blue to make green! Her ability to hold the paint brush and stroke on paint was so careful and purposeful. She was really enjoying her time.
The kids also get a little walk around the gallery before class and view real artists' work for examples of what they will get to work on in class. This fall they learned a little about Installation art! It was so interesting to see how Bianca introduces a major art concept to the littles in a way they can comprehend and also execute.
The first class they read the new book, on our personal book wish-list currently, The Day the Crayons Came Home, the second book to The Day the Crayons Quit, which we LOVE. After the story, the kids got to paint and create homes for their crayons. Very clever! They painted boxes and put shiny paper inside and stuck the crayons in their home with clay. Texture, color, scale, they were working with it! The installation bit came when the kids placed all of their homes on a pedestal in the corner of the room all together as a group. This was the first step of creating the installation piece.
Remy wanted to take her piece home so bad, so explaining that her part was a piece of the WHOLE artwork, created as a class, is still left to be understood. Each week the class would build upon this corner, adding more art pieces. Arlo came with us this first class and she had just as much fun, grabbing blue paint and making a polka dot in her hair, running around chewing on a bagel, flopping in the bean bag chairs and even bopping her head and bouncing to the Elmo rap song going on in the background.
Here's a few pics from that first class. P.S. If you haven't seen Sandra Fettingis' incredible murals, this is one of her works on the side of RedLine art gallery currently, and her and this piece are on the cover of Denver Life too! I met Sandra many years ago when she was working at the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Denver and creating jewelry. She is now a rising artist in Denver and will have her work at some major RTD Light Rail stops! Go Sandra!