It’s time to celebrate Youth Art Month in Jamestown
March is Youth Art Month across the nation and the celebration has begun here in Jamestown. As Lawn Avenue School art teacher Stephanie Pamula likes to say, “Art is everybody’s business.”
Pamula can’t hide her passion about the value of art in education.
“There is no other subject that deals with the human spirit in every aspect,” she said. “In the visual arts, children learn that they have an innate desire to create and respond to others’ creations on a purely aesthetic level. Visual arts are important to our school, children and community. The experiences that are offered in the arts are unique and make meaningful connections that are relevant to each individual and the society as a whole.”
The celebration of youth art here in Jamestown will include a school-wide art contest at Lawn Avenue School, a compilation of children’s quotes generated in response to the question “What is art?” that will be read during morning and afternoon announcements at Lawn School and a month of featured books on children’s art, and careers in art and illustration, in the Lawn School Library.
Works by Melrose School students will be exhibited in the Melrose School foyer.
Pamula said the children have also been working since September to produce works to exhibit throughout the state.
“Exhibiting to an audience outside of our school is very exciting and children have a new sense of value when they see their work hung in a gallery and admired by others,” she said.
Just over 100 selected works of art from children in grades five through eight will be exhib- ited, Pamula said.
“Every piece of art is a meaningful expression from a child and comes straight from the heart,” she said. “That is what makes this show so wonderful. Children’s art is incredibly expressive and direct. Every piece reminds me of the individual student.”
Students will showcase a range of art media and subjects ranging from still life paintings to silkscreened t-shirts, she said.
Students in grade eight have also made greeting cards from lino prints that will be available for purchase at the opening and also at the Lawn School office, Pamula said. Proceeds from those sales will benefit the class trip to Washington, D.C. this spring.
The primary exhibit will be held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library during the month of March. Lawn School will also have 100-plus individual works on exhibit.
An opening reception is scheduled for this Monday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Artists, their families, friends, library patrons and art enthusiasts are all welcome to attend.
Student art will also be showcased at the Newport Art Museum Coleman Center in Newport, which will include works by student artists from Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton and Jamestown. The Newport Art Museum’s opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Each school is invited to submit up to 10 pieces.
Later in the year, Lawn School artists will also exhibit at the annual PS2010 in Providence at the URI campus and at the South County Hospital revolving student art show. Additionally, Jamestown students enrolled at North Kingstown High School will exhibit work at the North Kingstown Free Library in observance of Youth Art Month.