Fine Arts Grant
2018 Fine Arts Grant-
Summary by Linda:
“The Guest Artist Series: Art Does Not Continue Without Artists” allowed Lawrence Arts Center students ages 2-6 years and students from Head Start to work with visiting artists throughout the 2018-2019 school year plus summer camps/classes. A dancer, actor, musician, printmaker, storyteller, ceramist, to name a few, were guest artists. The Head Start students were not able to participate with all the guest artists because of their schedule. The Guest Artist Series helped lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
The foundation for higher learning begins in early childhood. These children are the present and future. The “Arts’ build that foundation by empowering children to become confident, problem solvers, and creative thinkers. Why Art? Because learning through the arts enhances brain development, supports individual learning styles, and helps prepare for success in school and in life. Children who feel free to make mistakes and to explore and experiment also feel free to invent, create, and find new ways to do things. Why Art? Because “the arts” teach:
Language and literacy
Remember: Music teaches us to listen
The visual arts teach us to see
Dance teaches us to move with joy
Drama and literature teach us to see through other people’s eyes.
Hopefully, the arts make us a little more human.
The grant paid salaries for the guest/teaching artists and resources and supplies to implement the grant. Some of the supplies included a variety of paints; brushes; papers; stoneware clay and glazes; printmaking inks, plates; collage materials; etc. The Lawrence Arts Center provided the following In-Kind donations: Use of kiln for firing ceramics, use of printing press, use of theater space, use of dance studio, and two exhibition galleries to exhibit a piece of artwork from each child and displayed at child height.
Please enjoy the photos below.
Top Row [L-R]
- Teaching/artist, Allison Haworth, holds up the marble print
- Guest artist/teacher, Amanda Pintore--left, with children in their dance/creative movement class. Assisting is one of the classroom teachers, Kristin Morland.
- Drama and Music guest artist, Amanda Clark, works with students drumming as part of the Guest Artist Series
- More Amanda Clark and students dancing.
- A visiting concert artist who performed at the Lawrence Arts Center, visiting with the kindergarten students and showing them how the piano works. She played several songs, invited them to sing if the recognized the songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", and "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen. I cannot remember the name of the Guest Artist.
- Storyteller/artist, Priscilla Howe-right, brought several of her puppets to share stories with the children. On another day, she worked with the children to make their own puppets using socks, paper bags, pom poms, felt, ribbons, etc. Children then acted out their own stories with their puppets. Classroom teacher, Pat Pisani, is pictured on the left.
- Guest artist and printmaker, Johanna Winters, helps a student at the printing press. Johanna worked with the students to print valentine cards to mail to their families.
- Guest Artist/teacher, Heather Smith Jones--visual artist and author of the watercolor book "Water, Paper, Paint", works with students in their watercolor class during the Guest Artist Series
- Lilly working.
- Guest Artist/teacher, Heather Smith Jones--visual artist and author of the watercolor book "Water, Paper, Paint", works with students in their watercolor class during the Guest Artist Series.