Coming Up: Art’iT Children’s Art Exhibition Opens on June 22

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The National Gallery of Jamaica presents 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 is free to the public and will open on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. in the Information Centre at the Urban Development Corporation, (Office Centre Building – 12 Ocean Boulevard).

Art’ iT is an expression which beckons the creative impulse to come forth and be reckoned with. As such, the artworks selected do not only reflect the children’s basic response to an assignment. They highlight, instead, the children’s unique responses to questions about their curiosities and the diverse urges of their developing imaginations.

Saturday Art Time started in 2009 and seeks to provide children with a set of organized activities, which encourages them to think critically and speak sensibly about works of art, particularly, works of art which form part of NGJ’s Collection. Since its inception, the works have been archived and in 2011 Art’ iT was launched as the first exhibition solely of children’s visual art works mounted by the National Gallery.

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. Continue reading

Holiday Hours

Osmond Watson - Jah Lives (1984), Collection: NGJ

Osmond Watson – Jah Lives (1984), Collection: NGJ

The NGJ will be closed for the public holidays on Friday, March 29; Sunday, March 31 and Monday, April 1. We will however be open to the public as usual on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 3, although there will be no Saturday Art Time, our free children’s programme, on that day. Normal opening hours and operations will resume on Tuesday, April 2.

Please note that while Sunday, March 31 is the last Sunday of the month and would therefore normally be the day of our monthly Sunday opening programme, it is also Easter Sunday and we will therefore be closed. Our Last Sundays programme will resume in April with exciting new offerings – look out for more news.

Enjoy the Easter Holidays!

Saturday Art Time Resumes on September 17

The National Gallery of Jamaica is delighted to announce the resumption of its innovative child art programme Saturday Art-Time on Saturday September 17, 2011. The programme, which is now its third year, consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for children ranging from ages 8 to 15 years old. The children are invited to come and experience exciting visual arts workshops in a fun, cultural and educational environment with gifted and capable art instructors. The young participants are taught a variety of art-making techniques which can be used to create different types of art forms such as drawings, paintings, assemblage and collage items. Additionally, these workshops provide an opportunity to learn about Jamaican culture and history through referencing the National Art Collection.

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Saturday Art Time Resumes on January 15

 

A participant in Saturday Art Time shows off her work!

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that its Saturday Art Time children’s programme will be continuing in 2011, resuming on January 15, 2011. Saturday Art Time, which was first staged as a pilot programme in 2009, is the National Gallery’s innovative Saturday morning art programme for children and consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for participants ranging from ages 8 to 15 years old. The Gallery invites children to come and experience exciting visual arts workshops in a fun, cultural and educational environment with gifted and capable art instructors.

Saturday Art Time featured on TVJ Smile Jamaica – January 12, 2010

The workshops, currently funded by the Culture Health Arts Sports and Education fund (CHASE), will be held every Saturday morning from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the National Gallery. The workshops are free of cost but space is limited so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration forms will be available at the National Gallery. For more information, contact the National Gallery’s Education Department at 922-1561 or -3 (Lime landline) or 618.0654 or -5 (Digicel fixed line) or via e-mail at natgal-edu@cwjamaica.com.

Children’s Programmes at the NGJ

Saturday Art Time - children's art workshops on Saturday mornings

Saturday Art Time - children's art workshops on Saturday mornings

The National Gallery of Jamaica offers a range of educational programmes, for adults and children, including guided tours, lectures, seminars, panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and outreach programmes to schools and community organizations. By far the most popular of these are the guided tours, which are tailored to the needs of specific groups. The Education Department also has a library with a unique collection of material on Jamaican art, including out-of-print publications such as the book Modern Jamaican Art (1998), and a collection of documentation on a wide range of Jamaican artists and related topics, along with supporting photocopy and printing services.

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