Students from all classes held at Yeiser Art Center (YAC) created many pieces of amazing art this summer. YAC and MAKE Paducah invited them to participate in the “Fill Your Summer with Art Show” so the public could see all the amazing creativity that went on.
12 students, ranging in ages from 4 to 16 years, attended the workshops this year. There will be 40-50 of works produced during the workshops featured in the exhibit. The “Fill Your Summer with Art” show will be on for two weeks, from August 1-12 at the YAC.
An opening reception will take place Sunday, August 6, 2-4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
YAC was able to offer a whole catalog of classes in partnership with MAKE Paducah. They were even able to provide scholarships – thanks to a memorial fund in memory of a lovely Paducah artist who passed away last year, Kristi Hanson. Hanson believed strongly in the accessibility of arts and arts education. A selection of artworks by Hanson will be included in the art show.
The workshops consisted of Impressionists, Printmaking, Painting Impressionists, Felted flowers, Pompom Weaving & More, Painting Pop Art, Stone Carving, Exploring the World, Sculpture, Painting, Exploring Cultures, Photography, Crochet, 3-D Design, Clay & Recycled, Self Portraits, Painting with Process, Painting- Acrylics & More, Cross-stitch/Embroidery, and Drawing/Watercolor.
Concord Elementary fourth grade students and brothers Jacob & Isaiah Harris absolutely loved the camp. Their work will be featured in the exhibit. Jacob loved making sculptures the most. His piece of art work is the untitled ‘standing blue man’.
“It was the best summer camp I’ve ever gone to because I love art!” Isaiah added. “It was fun!” Isaiah said that they drew things and made mobiles. His piece of work for the art show is a sculpture named Plaster Man. “He is standing on one hand!” he added. Isaiah and Jacob said they loved spending time together with their cousin making art!
Their mother, Shauna Harris, told me that her kids really enjoyed the camp. “We feel so blessed to have been able to participate in the Yeiser Art Camp,” Harris said. “The boys couldn't wait to go every day and make something new and creative. The staff were very encouraging, helpful and very nice. We will definitely participate again next summer.”
Emmy Grace Seaton, a sixth grader at Paducah Middle School, also had a wonderful experience. She attended Watercolor and Photography classes.
“In photography class, we explored the downtown area,” said Seaton. “We were able to find and shoot images that were listed on a scavenger hunt list. We discussed lighting, mood, and angles of images. We used photo-sensitive paper to make sun prints and gels to make the image different colors.”
“In watercolor class, we learned about elements of design-applying pigments, texture, and layering. We also used water color pencils, which were my favorite.”
Emmy’s Seascape, an image of shells from Whalers Catch for the photography session and a watercolor painting of Simply B called Simply will be featured in the exhibit.
"Emmy was so excited after attending the first camp at Yeiser Art that she asked to return,” explained her mother, Mary Seaton who is an IECE Adjunct Instructor at WKCTC told me.
“I was impressed with the warm welcome, exceptional instruction, and many opportunities the summer art program provided. The curriculum inspired creativity, instilled confidence, and encouraged an appreciation for the arts. Emmy was able to explore a variety of methods that not only encouraged individual expression but development of creative thinking and problem solving skills. A wonderful way to let her love of art grow!"
For more information about the exhibition and YAC art classes, please call 270.442.2453 or email email@example.com.