At ASCC, we believe art is part of our community by artists working out in our community. And we have been doing just that! This spring, we are teaching over 650 students in the Chatham, Hudson, Kinderhook and New Lebanon School Districts to bring art and cultural enrichment to grades K-12. In the New Lebanon Elementary School, students are creating treasure boxes and hand-decorated letters inspired by poetry.
In the Chatham Elementary School, we taught five Art in the Library programs, connecting students to art, regional history, poetry, and creative writing. The students created art projects ranging from a hexagon accordion book to watercolors inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
In Hudson High School, we taught six multi-session programs, one exploring art and loss through the creation of poetry-inspired assemblages. Three week-long programs explored different ways of seeing landscape, inspired by the Hudson River School artists. Students learned about ASCC faculty member Eileen Murphy’s artwork, which are currently on view in Carrie Haddad Gallery (Hudson). Students then explored pattern, design and radial symmetry, inspired by Olana and Islamic art, to create hand-printed artwork.
In the Ichabod Crane Primary School, we worked with students over the transition from winter to spring, exploring three landscape-inspired poems and creating a portfolio of artwork.
These programs were made possible with support from the Chatham Education Fund, Kinderhook Arts & Humanities Fund, and New Lebanon Arts & Humanities Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Ichabod Crane PTA, Kinderhook Bank, the Bank of Greene County, public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund, ASCC’s volunteers, and community donors like you – thank you.
Image: ASCC faculty member Eileen Murphy teaching Hudson High School students landscape painting, May 2018.