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National Gallery hosts second Art iT

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2013

The National Gallery of
Jamaica (NGJ) is slated to present the second edition of Art iT, a
selection of artworks produced by a number of children who are
participants in the Saturday Art Time Programme. The exhibition, which
is free to the public, will open on Saturday, June 22, at the
Information Centre of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), 12 Ocean
Boulevard, Kingston.

The exhibition will run until July 12 and is available for viewing Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The
artwork selected do not only reflect the childrens basic response to an
assignment. They highlight, instead, the childrens unique responses to
questions about their curiosities and the diverse urges of their
developing imaginations.

Saturday Art Time was started in 2009 and
seeks to provide children with a set of organised activities which
encourage them to think critically and speak sensibly about works of
art, particularly those which form part of the NGJs collection. Since
its inception, the works have been archived, and in 2011, Art iT was
launched as the first exhibition solely of childrens visual artwork
mounted by the gallery.

DEVELOPING SKILLS

The Saturday Art
Time programme seeks to develop the visual communication and art
production skills of children, while providing them with opportunities
to interact with peers of similar interest, who may be from different
backgrounds.

Within our workshops, children are provided with all
the materials needed to produce both two-dimensional and
three-dimensional art objects, which may include drawings, paintings,
and a variety of sculptural forms, said Monique Barnett-Davidson,
programme co-ordinator and curatorial assistant at the NGJ.

She
noted that during most of the workshops, the children practised at least
one visual arts technique and/or produced a visual composition which
represented an object, idea, or theme.

Once the works are
completed, the children add them to their portfolios and these are later
assessed by the coordinators of the programme. With this assessment,
selections can be made from the works for possible archiving and
mounting in exhibitions.

At present, the Saturday Art Time
programme accommodates 30 children and the participants are organised
into two age groups, eight-11 years old and 12-15 years old.