Saturday Art-Time is Back with “The Super Six Workshops”

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is excited to announce that its premier child art programme, Saturday Art-Time, will be hosting a six-week workshop series for children, entitled The Super Six Workshops. The series will be held at the National Gallery every Saturday from January 30 to March 5,  2016,

Saturday Art-Time – which has been active since 2009 – is one of the National Gallery’s most successful museum education programmes and consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for children 8 to 15 years old. The programme was designed to foster visual art expressions by children and encourage them to think and speak intelligently and critically about artworks. By utilizing the National Gallery’s permanent collection as a reference point for assignments, the students also learn much about Jamaican visual arts and culture. During its existence, Saturday Art-Time has also created and facilitated opportunities for participating child artists to exhibit their artworks, particularly in the Art’iT exhibition series.

The Super Six Workshops will take place every Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and will focus on one of two exciting topic areas: an Introduction to Basic Printmaking for participants aged 8 to 11 years old and Basic Animation for participants aged 12 to 15 years old. For further information, please contact the National Gallery of Jamaica at 922-1561/3 (Flow landline), or 618-0654/5 (Digicel fixed line). Emailed queries should be sent to info@natgalja.org.jm. Registrations forms for the workshops can be downloaded here or you can collect them at our offices at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston. You can also find and ‘Like’ the National Gallery of Jamaica as well as the NGJ Education Department fan pages on Facebook. See you there!

SATURDAY ART-TIME: THE PARENTS EDITION

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Every Saturday, for the month of November 2015, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a workshop series entitled “Saturday Art-Time: the Parents’ Edition.” Co-ordinated by the NGJ Education Department in recognition of November as Parents’ Month, the workshop series will serve as a means of creating awareness for parents and their families, regarding the use of art museums and exhibition spaces for recreation, expression and cultural interaction.

The workshop series is a spin-off from the Saturday Art-Time child art programme, which is currently on hiatus until 2016. Through the programme – which has had over five hundred youngsters registered since 2009 – a number of families have come to value the work of the NGJ; particularly in providing an outlet for their children’s artistic expressions, as well as to engage them with an integral aspect of their cultural heritage, through the museum’s national collection of Jamaican art.

With this in mind, the NGJ would like to provide a broader range of parents with an opportunity to become a part of a vibrant and growing cultural community, and to foster the development of a museum-going culture in Jamaica in the process. Participants in the workshop series will learn how to make their family visit to any art museum, gallery or exhibition fun and educational, by engaging their child in simple activities that will excite as well as inspire.

The Saturday Art-Time: Parents’ Edition, will take place on Saturdays, November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Cost of registration is JA$600.00 per workshop or JA$2000.00 for the entire series. The workshop duration on each day will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. For further information, please contact the NGJ at 9221561/3 (Flow landline), or 618-0654/5 (Digicel fixed line). Emailed queries should be sent to info@natgalja.org.jm.

Saturday Art Time Resumes on January 17

1 Saturday Art Time January 17,2014-02-02The National Gallery of Jamaica is delighted to announce the resumption of its innovative child art programme, Saturday Art-Time, on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The programme, which has been active since September 2009, consists of an exciting range of gallery-based art workshops for children 8 to 15 years old. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for children to learn about Jamaican culture and history through the gallery’s permanent collection and exhibitions.

In addition to the variety of art-making techniques customarily taught at the Saturday Art-Time workshops such as drawing, painting, assemblage and collage, the Education Department is excited to introduce Basic Animation workshops for participants aged 12 to 15 years old. Given the increasing integration of animation and other audio-visual approaches as a part of contemporary Jamaican art practice, the coordinators hope that students will begin to develop an appreciation for the use of various technologies that can facilitate expression.

The Saturday Art-Time programme is also planning to hold its third biennial child art exhibition, Art’ iT, previously held in 2011 and 2013. The Art’iT exhibitions feature a selection of imaginative and impactful artworks produced by the participants of the Saturday Art-Time programme and is held shortly after the closing of the annual workshops at the beginning of the summer break, on dates to be announced.

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 or can be downloaded here. 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 info@natgalja.org.jm.

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 info@natgalja.org.jm.

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