April 12, 2016
“The artist is not a special kind of person;
rather each person is a special kind of artist.”
– Ananda Coomaraswamy
It was standing room only throughout the Education Center on Sunday, April 10 as hundreds of people filed in for the annual Art in Bloom opening reception. The Museum’s spring art exhibition features work by students ages 3 through 14 who take part in our art studio classes. The young artists enjoyed activities like face-painting, making tissue flowers, drawing on the chalk mural board, and eating lots of cake! Parents, grandparents, extended family and friends were also in attendance to view the students’ artwork, all of which was inspired by current Museum exhibitions.
Since the fall of 2015, students have created both abstract and representational work in two and three dimensions, which is seen throughout Art in Bloom. One art installation that may look familiar is the hanging forest, our students’ interpretation of Alan Goldstein’s A Forest of Glass. Take a walk through the display, discovering our nature assemblages, traveling to Africa through our pastel landscapes, and observing subtle details captured in paintings of leaves.
Remember Blanket Statements? Find inspiration from our quilt exhibition in Classroom 1. Uncover the community weaving wall, patterns in collaborative quilts, and children sleeping in their beds. Discover how art from human-made environments can inspire us in Classroom 2, where you will find acrylic gears, smokestacks, and ovens, industrial cityscapes, mixed media urban relics, and layered musical instruments. Adventure into Classroom 3, where color, texture, and pattern abound. Throughout the Education Center, you can also look for red dots, a portrait wall, Japanese fish prints, and doorways to the imagination.
At the Michener, we strive to keep art at the heart of your child’s education. And we wouldn’t be able to do so without the help of our master teachers. Day after day, these educators encourage observation, offer demonstrations, provide individualized instruction, and help all of our students learn new skills and techniques, explore individual creativity and personal expression, and develop a personal style. So thank you to Michener teachers, staff and volunteers for making the afternoon a memorable moment for our students! Art in Bloom runs through Mother’s Day, May 8 so be sure to stop by before summer begins!
For more information about our educational programs and exhibitions, please visit MichenerArtMuseum.org/Education. Our next reception is on May 22, celebrating the Crossing Boundaries program. And we have another Education Gallery opening on June 4, to host the National Art Honor Society from Central Bucks West. The galleries and classrooms will then empty for summer camp at the end of June.