The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ Saturday School Exhibition is on view through Saturday, December 3 at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery. The exhibition showcases works of art produced by students ages 4 -18 enrolled in classes taught by advanced Art Education majors under the direction of faculty and graduate assistants over a period of eight weeks. Free and open to the public, a closing reception at the gallery will be held Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with light refreshments being served.
One of SoVA’s treasured gems, Saturday School is an opportunity for local children and teens to come together to explore ideas and materials. The program focuses on approaches to learning art that are innovative and exciting, and help students experience art in many forms. Classes are offered in both Spring and Fall semesters, running Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 11 PM, and are designed for students at each grade level from preschool through adolescence.
“These students become part of a community of artists, who support one another's interests and ideas,” said Christine Thompson, faculty member in Art Education. “Having two hours to work with students every week allows us to do more complicated and long term projects than are possible in the public schools, and we focus on expanding students' experiences with traditional and newer media and technologies.”
Each classroom has its own individual theme, depending on the age group. This fall Kayla Tompkins worked with Preschool students, focusing on perception; Melissa Sirken worked with Kindergarteners, with a focus of creating identity, Emily Keim’s theme for first and second graders was “A World in Color,”; Chloe Mahon worked with third through fifth graders on a “Once Upon a Time: The Art of Storytelling” theme; and Kaylie Maines’ classroom of sixth through twelfth grade students’ theme was “Narrative Impulse.” Working with the student teachers as mentors were graduate teaching assistants Alison Coombs, Felix Rodriguez, and Sarah Thompson.