The Kent Historical Society will offer three weeks of Art Enrichment Programs for children in July. The first two weeks will offer morning sessions for children to explore color through fine art in a variety of mediums and the third week will offer a morning session focused on drawing and an afternoon session to delve into paintingRegister Here Online
The Historical Society wants to foster arts education for young people in our area to honor the memory of George Laurence Nelson, a pre-eminent 20th Century artist known for his portraits, landscapes and florals, who lived at Seven Hearths for many years and bequeathed his 18th century home to the Kent Historical Society to operate as a museum.
KHS believes that arts education and other forms of cultural enrichment are essential to a young person’s whole and healthy development. The Society offers Summer Arts Enrichment to encourage children’s innate creativity and boost creative thinking and problem solving, while expanding their experience and appreciation of the arts.
Classes will take place in the Kent Historical Society’s “Art Barn,” an indoor/outdoor space on the campus of the Historical Society’s Seven Hearths property, facing gardens and a woodland that will be used as extended classroom space. At the culmination of each class there will be an exhibition to allow parents and family to see all of the creations completed through the week. On that day, the museum will also be open to view the current exhibition “Camps of Kent.”
Early bird discount for Art Enrichment fees are $100 per week for non-members and $90 for KHS members who sign up by May 31, after which fees increase to $115 for non-members and $110 for members.
KHS member families have priority registration through May 22 with any remaining spaces to be filled from a non-member waitlist after that. Join as a Family member for $35.
Final registration deadline is June 15. Registration is not complete until payment is received, either by check or online.
Color Splash I – for ages 6-8, 9 a .m. to Noon, July 6-10
Art instructor Cheryl Moore will return to KHS’ Summer Art Enrichment program to focus on color. Moore is a respected artist and a 33-year teacher, who knows how to draw out artistic talents from her students. She is chairman of the Art Department at South Kent School and has offered a number of special workshops for younger children over the years. This week will be focused on exploring color through painting. The projects will include “Swipe Art” that involves using a limited palette of color dots that are swirled together to create unique images; “Underwater Watercolor” will use a technique that involves alcohol to create water bubbles; watercolor abstract flowers will be painted; leaf prints will be created using large leaves; and dot painting will be employed using a technique similar to that used by renowned artist Vance Kirkland.
Color Splash II – for ages 9-12, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 13-17
This week will also be led by Cheryl Moore and this week will be dedicated to exploring mixed media with a variety of materials, including recyclable papers, and will feature painting with watercolor and some acrylic paints. She will expose the young artists to a variety of artistic styles, cultural interpretations, and mediums. Some of the planned projects are a mixed media self-portrait, tissue paper collage flowers, a landscape using recycled materials, fish prints using the Gyotaku style, and several watercolor paintings.
Drawing – for ages 5-10, 9 a.m. to Noon, July 20-24 ~ CLASS IS FULL (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
This drawing class will be led by Andy Richards, who is a native of Kent and currently the chairman of the Visual Arts Department at The Gunnery School in Washington. He will instruct students in drawing as a way to explore their creativity and use their imagination. Exploring one’s ideas visually with drawing is a wonderful way to communicate and share a vision. The Principles of Design and the Elements of Design will be covered with the idea that knowledge of these concepts will help the student to understand how to take their ideas and put them onto paper. The central idea is for students to have fun and learn that drawing and the visual arts are a positive learning experience. There is no right or wrong way to draw, which can free a student to explore without the worry of making a mistake. Students will work with pencil, markers, charcoal and pastel on paper, learning techniques for each. They will work on an exercise that involves drawing their favorite place – anything from a house, a room or even a treehouse. They will also complete a drawing examining positive and negative space. Pastels will allow students to work with color and see how different colors can affect the mood of the drawing.
Painting – for ages 8-13, 1 to 4 p.m., July 20-24 ~ CLASS IS FULL (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Painting can be a lifelong activity, whether as a professional or as a hobbyist. Learning about color and the wonderful effect it has on people can help guide your painting process. We are so fortunate to see our world in all of it splendor with beautiful yellows, blues, reds, greens, oranges and purples. Your imagination lives in full color and painting allows you to make your imagination into a reality. Andy Richards will lead this program as well, and will cover the Principles of Design and the Elements of Design with the idea that knowledge of these will help the student to understand how to take his or her imagination and put it onto canvas. The central idea is for students to have fun and learn that painting and the visual arts are a positive learning experience. As with drawing, there is not a right and wrong way to paint, which can free a student to explore without the worry of making a mistake. Students will start with watercolors and move on to working with acrylics. One of the projects will be an exercise that involves splattering paint and then looking for creatures that can be developed from the shapes created by the splatters.