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KIDS ROCKWELL will be open open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 29.

Spark the Imagination: Corning-Painted Post High School

From January 13, 2022 to March 6, 2022

Location: Student Gallery (Floor 2)

What sparks your imagination?

The Rockwell Museum presents Spark the Imagination in collaboration with high school art teachers: Wendy Brubaker, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf-Peterson and Megan Wukovitz. This exhibition features works of art created by students enrolled in elective arts courses at the Corning-Painted Post High School. Students used their imagination to explore the many facets of how art can tell a story.

Rockwell education staff visited 9 classrooms and connected with approximately 125 students to share about how the Museum has been transforming to bring attention to diverse perspectives and expand who is represented in the galleries. There are many stories and perspectives that can be shared through art. The decisions made about what art is displayed, and how it is displayed impact how people experience and are inspired by art.

The Rockwell values collaborating with the Corning-Painted Post Area School District to cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of arts and culture with the youth in our region. By exposing students to the arts and providing an opportunity for students to exhibit their own art at The Rockwell, we aim to inspire and empower the next generation of youth.

 

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It was also important for students to be intentional in their artistic choices. Students were encouraged to question why they were drawn to specific works of art and why they chose to explore certain art-making techniques. By fostering an awareness of their choices, we are continuing to motivate students to understand the meaning behind the creative process and the meaningful choices artists make to convey a message or idea.

Eight classes comprised of about 175 students visited The Rockwell last fall. Students were prompted to explore the galleries, look closely and examine the diverse works on view. They considered how art reflects and connects to history, culture and our shared human experiences. Students were encouraged to think outside the box to thoughtfully incorporate aspects of artwork in the Museum’s collection into their own unique, expressive ideas.

Students experimented with media, design, color, artistic processes and techniques for their individual creations, each with a unique story sparked by the Museum’s collection. It was important for students to be intentional in their artistic choices. Students were encouraged to question why they were drawn to specific works of art and why they chose to explore certain art-making techniques. By fostering an awareness of their choices, we are continuing to motivate students to understand the meaning behind the creative process and the meaningful choices artists make to convey a message or idea.