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Art Education: Sculpting Young Minds

December 7, 2009 in Art,Artists,Events | Comments (0)

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Burink_Studio101notesDo you know how simple it is to take an active role in art education for your child? Not only is it simple but it is important because depending on their school curriculum to fill that role may leave you and him disappointed. Art education cultivates the imagination, self-expression and creativity, and plays a vital role in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving. Parents can take easy steps to help with art education by simply visiting local galleries and museums. Parents can also encourage the child’s art teacher to take the class on field trips to local galleries.

Burink_ExaminingSculptureArt Studio 101 and their more advanced students spent some after-school hours recently visiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery to learn about the challenges of stone sculpting from local sculptor Ruth Burink.

The kids had a great time examining dozens of diamond-edge sculpting tools and sample stone materials supplied by Burink. Each student, explored the sculpture on exhibit while taking notes and asking questions. They were introduced to different types of stone, including Colorado marble from Marble, Colorado, where the 100-ton block of marble came from to create the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Although it will be some time before these eager beginners are ready to work with all the sophisticated tools used by an accomplished sculptor, they are clearly inspired and eager to develop basic skills using wood under the watchful eye of their art instructor, Rhonda Conn-Parent.

Don’t make the mistake of denying you child the opportunity to learn, enjoy and excel through the arts. Taking your kids to a gallery is fun, free and a great way to spend quality time together. Hunter-Wolff Gallery is located at 2510 W. Colorado Avenue and features regionally recognized artists working in a range of mediums including mini- and large-scale paintings, blown glass, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, wood turnings and other fine works of art.

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