In April we attended a homeschool art show in a town about an hour and a half from us. It was hosted by a Hartford area homeschool group that we are not a part of. We tossed some pieces of pottery in the car and drove up with no expectations. I was amazed by what the children displayed! The youngest artist was three years old and displayed some crayon drawings and a sculpture made from painted dixie cups! The oldest was seventeen and had the talent to sell her prints and originals. I may be mistaken but I believe she is headed off to study fine arts next fall.
The exhibit showcased the talents of students who spent the year completing artist studies, trying their hand at photography, sculpture, textile and graphic arts.
Our display was lacking creativity and originality but the seed was planted in my head that we could do this same type of event closer to home with our friends and family! After contacting my favorite homeschool-friendly library, I had a room and a date reserved for our very own art exhibit! Then after sending our a few emails, the list of participants grew to 25 children.
Time is a luxury we have right now. The girls can spend as much time preparing their displays as they feel is necessary to have a finished product that they are proud to show. Over the course of the year we have tried our hand at several different art forms from knitting and beading to felting to print making, Chinese calligraphy and manga. Their boards are an eclectic display of mixed media...hey that sounds just like how we homeschool!
Stay tuned for the show which takes place tomorrow......