Free workshop for 4th & 5th graders at CAC!

The Community Arts Center is hosting a FREE botanical illustration workshop for 4th and 5th graders on either September 28 or October 5. Space is limited to 15 students per session. The workshop is in conjunction with The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators exhibition at CAC. Virginia Fitzpatrick, an artist from the Society and resident of Wallingford, will be leading it. To register, students have to contact CAC directly but there is no cost.  Sign up now!one-page-botanical-kids

How to talk to your kids about art

Do you want to talk to your kids about their art work??? 
To help develop your child’s critical thinking skills, ask your child open ended questions about their artwork. Open ended questions will help support your child’s efforts rather than if you said “good job” or “that is beautiful”. Here are a few questions to get started with!

1. What can you tell me about your picture?
2. What materials did you use?
3. Where did you get your idea?
4. What is your favorite part of the picture?
5. How did you…..
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2015 Artist in Residence

The 2014-2015 Artist in Residence project is a large-scale weaving composed of small round weavings that were actually done on old cds!  Students worked with a visiting fiber artist Monica Giardinelli to create weavings on CDs that were connected to create a large scale tapestry currently being hung in the 2nd floor hallway.

Students learned about fiber arts, and the methods and uses of various fiber products.  Ms. Giardinelli demonstrated various weaving techniques, and taught students how to create their individual weaving.  The project is an additional art installation on the WES campus that will serve as an example of our strong Artist in Residence program at WES.  Students came away knowing that they helped make a lasting impact on the school environment and will have a permanent marker connecting them to their time here at WES.

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4th grade Edward Hopper Lighthouses

4th graders learned about the artist Edward Hopper and his paintings of real, American life.  Many of his paintings feature peaceful lighthouses and cape scenes inspired by his travels to Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Students tried to capture light and shadow the way Hopper did, adding details into their painting with oil pastels and colored pencils.

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