Saturday Art Time Resumes on September 20

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is delighted to announce the resumption of its innovative child art programme, Saturday Art Time, on Saturday September 20, 2014.

The programme, which has been active since September 2009, consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for children from ages 8 to 15 years old. Participants are taught a variety of art-making techniques such as drawing, painting, assemblage and collage. Additionally, these workshops provide an opportunity to learn about Jamaican culture and history through the Gallery’s permanent collection and exhibitions.

Co-ordinated by the gallery’s Education Department, the programme has been highly subscribed by youngsters and their families as well as school groups from a variety of social backgrounds. As a result of the effectiveness of the workshops and the enthusiastic participation of the children, the gallery was able to inaugurate its biennial child art exhibition series, Art’iT. The exhibition was first held in 2011 and again in 2013, receiving very positive reviews.

The workshops, funded by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education fund (CHASE), will be held every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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 are available at the National Gallery. For more information, contact the National Gallery’s Education Department at 922-1561 /-3 (Lime landline) or 618-0654 /-5 (Digicel fixed line) or via e-mail at

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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