The Side by Side program offers a creative outlet for children with special needs. Side by Side students have the opportunity to be creative and express themselves through art. They work alongside professional artists and their work is exhibited in a gallery setting. The program has many positive results such as reinforcing inclusiveness and helping participants develop a positive self-image.
This year Teresa Sauer, Paducah Middle School Art Instructor, hosted a week-long, after-school workshop for participants. Classes covered printmaking techniques, color application, and many art activities engaging in the creative process. At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant was paired with a Paducah Artist to complete a collaborative artwork.
The collaborative project was a hands-on mono print process where participants created images by applying ink to a plate and then printing the inked plate onto a piece of paper. The project focused on color and texture as elements of art.
Yeiser Art Center is coordinating an art show to showcase this year's work. The show will include one work by each participant, one work from each collaborating artist, and the collaborative artwork made in the class.
The Show will have an opening reception on Monday, May 15 from 2:30-4pm, in the US Bank Lobby. Join them at 333 Broadway in Paducah. Light refreshments will be served.
Participants in the program include Jaden Jones, Austin Dunn, Alihandra Fitzgibbon, John Dyson, Ashanti Lee, DeAhvieon Collins, Zion Lee McCampbell, Faith Weber, Thomas Harsha, and Molli Olsen.
This year’s collaborative artists were Todd Birdsong, Teresa Sauer, Laura Everett, Tanya Gadbaw, Carol Harlan, Michael Crouse, Shane Ward, Stefanie Graves, Ashley Barnett, and Kijsa Housman. Their work, will also be on display.
All those involved want to thank Teresa Sauer for teaching this year's course in her art studio; Kristina McDowell for being a site coordinator and recruiting students to participate; VSA Kentucky and WHAS Crusade for Children for the funding and programming support; and US Bank for the continued partnership to bring you art in a public space.
For more information about this event, contact the Yeiser at 270.442.2453.
Founded in 1974, VSA Kentucky provides arts education and inclusion programs for children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. It offers an under-served population equal opportunity to explore the arts in a way that is fully accessible. Through participatory involvement with trained professionals and volunteers, people with disabilities learn new creative and social skills that open doors to new opportunities in the arts.