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Young At Art

YOUNG AT ART 2017-18

Young at Art (YAA) is a non-profit organization celebrating its 33rd year of bringing the magic of art and enrichment to nearly 7,000 students across the South Bay. YAA is based on the belief that art education should promote individual expression by providing the opportunity, the materials and the process from which children can create their own unique conclusions and solutions.

The art experience for children should exercise their powers of observation and imagination. It should stimulate their motivation to
learn, to make choices, to be flexible and to adapt, to be able to go from an unknown to a known and to make new experiences meaningful to each child’s own way of thinking and creating.

We strive to create a non-threatening environment with no implication of right, wrong, or "real" way to create.
Young at Art draws children into their subject matter rather than just telling them about it. Children have the freedom to touch, handle and experiment with high quality art materials and various techniques. They are encouraged to look, to ask questions and to find their own truths.

The philosophy of YAA emphasizes problem solving in a unique way in which the child determines the desired end-result. Our focus is on the process and not on the finished product. The philosophy fosters selfesteem and understanding of our differences.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” - Vincent Van Gogh
Thanks to the Robinson PTSA’s generous support, our students will have the opportunity to create six rich and meaningful art projects this year. During each one-hour session in their classroom, the students will learn about various artists, the associated art history and will experiment with a variety of media and techniques.
Kids love the Young at Art program and always look forward to the lessons. It is amazing to see kids get inspired by art, and gain
confidence in their own abilities by learning there are no mistakes in art – only happy accidents. They gain exposure to different artists,
movements, mediums (printing, collage, photography), materials, and techniques.

On top of that, there is much research to support the fact that creating art helps with brain development. And as if that weren’t enough, by donating your time and energy to Young at Art, you’ll get back much more than you give. Please look out for opportunities to help out with Young at Art in your class.
We hope you’ll join us!
If you have any questions about the Young At Art program, please contact your classroom docent (see the list below) or the YAA
coordinating docents.
2017 -2018

Our first project, “Warhol’s Cats”, will expose students to Andy Warhol and his contribution to the Pop Art movement. Students will take the common and recognizable image of a cat and learn Warhol’s ‘blotted line’ printing technique to create their own piece of Pop Art.
“Light and Dark” is a drawing lesson that will provide students with an opportunity to learn the contrasting imagery of Ansel Adams’ photography. Students will practice drawing the shapes and forms observed in an Ansel Adams print; using contrasts, textures, and lines to recreate the striking contrasts of light and shadow coupled with the endless textures and surfaces found in nature, will surely inspire a closer look with renewed interest at the world around us.

In “Alma’s View” students will learn about the artist Alma Thomas and gain an appreciation for how she looked upon the natural world. Using photos like flower fields or blossoming branches, they will practice separating and repeating spaces and shapes in a study sketch. Following a lesson in color theory, students will paint a mosaic-like abstraction of what they see in the photo.

In the project “Wool to Felt”, students are introduced to the art and science of felt; a textile that has been an integral part of human creativity for millennia. A directed lesson in handling the wool and transforming it into felt, the resulting felt medium is open to endless creative opportunities that can be returned to again and again as it has been done through countless centuries.

How do you know where to begin a drawing if anything is possible? Open the mind to the power of imagination and the artistic mind finds unlimited possibilities. Working in groups of 3 or 4, students will have the opportunity to channel their unlimited imaginations as they build off of the tailings of an unseen and potentially uncompleted drawing; “Exquisite Creatures”.

“Sketchy Cy” offers young artists an opportunity to explore and express their inner creative conscious by filling their canvas not with careful detail but with careful applications of mixed media; each stroke, scratch, wipe, or blotch meant to reflect an inner thought or feeling. Students will learn about the purposefulness underlying abstract mark-making and open composition while they experience the process.

Sarah Elkin (310) 613-6689
Sam Perkins (310) 227-2629
DOCENTS 2017-18
Karalyn Honea
Shana Kish
Harriet Clark
Shilpa Sethi
Darcy Staples
Helen Spiridellis
Donna Maertz
Erin DeLine
Shawna Fisher
Sam Perkins
Sarah Elkin
Dina Stephens
Sarah Elkin
Danijela Zarich
Deirdre Gurney
Karalyn Honea
Schuyler Chang
Sam Moss
Talia Frederick
Erin DeLine
Amy Lanza
Darcy Staples
Pam Luce
Courtney Black
Jess McGee
Tracy Mork
Helen Spiridelis
Jennifer Goldman
Deirdre Gurney
Dina Stephens
Amy McAvin
Wendy Finster
Geraldne Pepemehtoglu