Carrying art through the summer (June 28)

June 26, 2009

Most of the venues that offer free kids’ arts programming on the weekends break off over the summer. I’ve listed a few that go year-round over on the “Monthly happenings” page to the right, but I’ve just learned of one more that’s not up there yet: “Say Yes To Art” at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Oak Knoll Park. The guild’s program runs the opposite of many others, going from April to September on the fourth Sunday of the month.

The June workshop this coming Sunday (June 28) from 1 to 3 p.m. features a tour of one of the current exhibitions followed by a project that educates kids ages 4 to 12 on the materials or processes used to create the featured artworks. As it happens, two exhibits are opening on Sunday at the guild’s main building: Recycled Tendencies, a juried exhibition of found-object art, and Modern Rubbish from William Lobdell, who likewise uses found objects, but with a different perspective than you’d expect.

The guild’s other ongoing show at the main location is the 12th Annual ARTSY Exhibition, in the children’s gallery. It’s compiled by the Arts for Youth Network, a nonprofit organization of art therapists and other professionals who work with troubled kids. Each artwork is accompanied by a statement from the youngster who made it. Because the children in the program are often dealing with troubling issues like abuse or behavioral problems, their identities are not disclosed — but that doesn’t make the exhibit any less moving.

Other dates for Say Yes to Art are July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27. Registration is appreciated (at 314.727.6266) and parents must stay with their children throughout the session.

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