OUR PAST & CURRENT PROGRAMS and GALLERIES:
CHILDREN’S ART FOR PEACE! (CAP) - NEW ZEALAND PROGRAM 2012
Children’s Art for Peace! (CAP) international, educational program is notably growing from strength to strength. Again, thank you patrons.
We’re happy to report the following advancements in this unique Invercargill and Southland Endeavour:
The Pilot Program culminated with the first Gala Art Exhibition of eight classes of Southland and American 12 year old students in June 2012. With the Children’s Art Experience leadership, guidance and administration, and with the dedication and expertise of exceptional teachers on both sides of the world, we now have the following CAP Educational Units to build on for Stage Two:
War + Peace + Children Educational Unit by American Award Winning Teacher, Cheryl Ritzel
One Day & Other Songs for World Peace Educational Unit by Southland teacher, Julie Mynes (*Permission granted and blessing given by Matisyahu, internationally acclaimed American Jewish reggae songwriter of ‘One Day’); accompanying slide show created by CAP
Art Lessons for Peace Educational Unit by Invercargill teacher, Penny Ivey, gives four different art applications and instructions illustrating children’s growing knowledge of the need for a world of peace
Fair Trade Educational Unit with World Geography Educational Unit
AFTER SCHOOL ART DRAWING EXHIBITION OPENING
The Children's Art Experience! Charitable Trust was proud to hold an exhibition of After School Art students' work at St. Andrews Church.
Students worked hard in their drawing classes, learning drawing skills much like one would learn a musical instrument.
As students progressed through the course they have widened their subject matter and the drawing media to produce a variety of colourful artworks. Artist Teacher Alice McGillivray is immensely proud of her students' work: "It's such a buzz to watch their confidence grow along with their skills."
The exhibition included artwork by students who have completed the "New Concept Drawing" class featuring larger-than-life self portraits.
We draw inspiration for our programs from many sources. Sometimes a single sentence can serve as a spark that ignites a project!
One of the last things Anita Matthay, a life-long friend and a generous supporter of CAE! said was, "If children value nature, they will naturally want a world at Peace".
This idea is reflected throughout our work.
CHILDREN'S ART GALLERY OPENING
Magic Afoot! New Zealand’s First Children’s Art Gallery
Sometimes life just seems magical. In April of this year, that’s exactly what happened when our founder, Spring Thomas, called Bruce Hill, owner of Superframers at the The Bank Art Gallery in Invercargill’s CBD.
Bruce coincidently was looking for the right organization to have use of The Bank Art Gallery’s special mezzanine space.
CAE! was just the perfect match! Bruce has generously given us the use of this beautiful mezzanine art gallery as Home to New Zealand’s First Children’s Art Gallery.
Solely dedicated to children’s art, it is the first of its kind in NZ!
The gallery space officially opened on the 17th of May 2012 with the Gala Opening. Adults and children battled a storm to find safe harbor within the thick walls to join in happy times for this event.
"SOUTHLAND TREASURES" ART OPENING
Exciting news that the Children's Art Experience! - CAE! partnered with Age Concern in Southland, New Zealand to implement our Pilot Program of 'Grandparents Mentoring' which took place in October. Celebrating the International Month of the Older Person, CAE! brought the elderly together with their grandchildren for an event of creative fun!
Grandparents tried their creative hand at colorful self-portraiture and their grandchildren learned basic photography skills while photographing their beloved grandmas and grandads.
Award winning jewelry artist, Anna Claire Thompson, led the self portraiture portion of the project while Val Wardell and two of her assistants worked with CAE!'s new cameras and the children ranging in age from 6 to 12.
Everyone had a wonderful time and there was much laughing and a guided questions & answers segment that provided opportunity to get to know one another better. Age Concern treated all to delicious teas for both Project and Gala Opening.
The week of 19th November saw "Southland Treasures" move to Cambridge Arcade shop windows in time for all visitors for Saturday's Santa Parade festivities to see this unique exhibition of photographs and portraits.
We gratefully thank both ILT Foundation and Invercargill Licensing Trust as well as H&J Smith for the lovely holiday ornaments they've donated.
MATARIKI STUDENTS ART EXHIBIT
A program with Aurora College and CAE! to educate New Zealand students about their Kiwi heritage and work with older students teaching younger students.
MATARIKI GALA OPENING