RedLine Young Artists: S-Art-urdays!
Last Saturday we had our second, in a series of three, art classes at RedLine Art Gallery in Denver. We had started our day early, and even made it down to Larimer Square for one of mommy's all time favorite egg and cheese on croissant sammies from one of her favorite places, The Market. This used to be my place when I attended classes at CU Denver. I forgot about all that candy they have everywhere, oh and the huge dessert case. Oops! We managed to find a seat, eat our sammy and leave, sans jelly beans, whew!
We are making friends with classmates, an important class rule, as we go along each semester. Dominick made a big impression when on the first day he had rescued one of Arlo's lost shoes from outside. Remy remembered his good deed and mentioned it to me after class this last week.
Not breaking with routine, class began with a story, another great by Eric Carle, The Little Seed. The children started their art session with using water color paints! They used droppers and spray bottles and brushes to color card stock. Next, they went to their tables and used pencil to incorporate drawings on the same water colors, and again they went back to the painting table. Intended to replicate Carle's artistic processes from the book and teach the children about using different mediums in one piece to story tell.
They also got a surprise! Bianca, the instructor, pulled a canvas away from a low table revealing several items they could choose from to paint on including tiny clay seedling pots, rocks, and wooden disks. Remy chose a rock and a pot. As I had mentioned in the last post, toddler life is unpredictable to say the least, so deciphering the day for any given event has to be approached with flexibility. The previous night she had awoke several times so I wasn't sure how she would hang through the entire class, but by golly we made it to sharing time! Barely! I think its important to encourage her to finish the class from start to finish and explain to her about sharing work and listening to others, to be respectful. She's two, an sometimes my expectations are extremely high, but I think in the end it will fair well for her.
Arlo is getting involved in class as well at just 18 months! She is showing an interest in "Cu-ring," (coloring) at home and can grasp a pencil pretty impressively! She enjoyed the pencil work as well as the dropper! Later I found her around a low table with other children and she had helped herself to a pipe cleaner and a plate of paint! That's the thing with two kiddos under three- and trying to document them- you're bound to find one over here and one over there, but honestly the instructors, teacher aids, resident artists at the gallery, and other parents have been SO supportive and phenomenal in that aspect, and always lend a helping hand if I am tied up. THANK YOU to this community!
Remy really enjoyed the dropper too, and at one point, dumped an entire petri dish of paint on her paper. Not too delicate, but determined. She didn't use the pencil much, she preferred the paint, and the spray bottle!
We can't wait to see what is in store for us this coming Saturday, (tomorrow) our last class of the season.
If you are interested in supporting the RedLine Young Artists program or thinking of registering your child for the next semester, learn more here.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!
And now a few pics...