Proud parents and family members are a common sight on the SVA campus this time of year. But during a recent April weekend, the crowds gathered weren’t visiting the College for graduation festivities—they were here to recognize the achievements of budding artists in kindergarten through ninth grade at the latest Art for Kids (K-9) exhibition. Art was fastened to walls, windows and chairs as parents had their first opportunity to see finished projects such as “Me, Myself and Portrait” (pencil and charcoal), “Art for Transportation” (scratchboard) and “Nature Hybrid Character Design Prints” (printmaking). Young artists posed for photos in front of their work while visitors admired the finished projects, the result of 10 weeks of classes.
The College’s Art for Kids (K-9) program has long been a well-kept secret. On Saturdays and Sundays, classrooms at SVA are full of young artists gaining fundamental art knowledge and working with a wide variety of materials to create works over 10-week sessions. One of the program’s biggest assets is its teachers, all SVA students or alumni and experienced in teaching art in private and public schools and various other professional educational settings. Each teacher has an academic and practical understanding of art education, loves teaching art to kids, and guides Art for Kids participants as they create autobiographical and imagination-based works that are displayed at the end of the semester in a gallery-like setting.
SVA provides these classes as part of its mission to meet the diverse needs of the larger community within which the College resides. Classes are $220 for 10 90-minute or two-hour classes, depending on the student’s age. For more information on Art for Kids (K-9), including the upcoming Summer program, visit www.sva.edu/special-programs/art-for-kids-k-9.
Photos (by Gayle Snible) of work created in classes taught by Ryan Armstrong (MAT 2011 Art Education), Lindsey Kammerer (MAT 2009 Art Education), Sara Lauth (MAT 2010 Art Education) and Miranda Small (BFA 1998 Illustration).