Art Week for kids at The Art Center

Vera Mulder shows kindergarten student Mario Verdoza, 5, how to make a print at The Art Center Tuesday morning.

Artist Rachel Egelston wraps a forearm in plaster to demonstrate to elementary-aged students how casting begins.

Blacksmithing is one of the most popular workshops during Kids’ Art Week at The Art Center.

For the 24th year in a row, The Art Center will welcome thousands of school-aged children this week and introduce them to the value of art.

“For many, this is the first time coming here,” explained Cheryl McNab, executive director of the center.

“We get to introduce them to The Art Center, so it’s a win-win,” she added.

This year a variety of artists will be providing workshops for 3,200 children expected to visit from Mesa County School District 51, plus some private and home-schooled students.

This year some workshops include book binding with Maxine Buchholtz, and casting with artist Rachel Egelston.

Egelston hopes to cast a full body using students’ body parts this week, then send a picture of the final casting back to the students’ classrooms.

One of the most popular workshops is blacksmithing, which takes place in the center’s courtyard and is presented annually by the Grand Junction Blacksmith Guild.

Other artists include Sharyn Carter, a portrait artist, and Vera Mulder, a printmaking artist. David and Nealy Riley will perform ballroom dancing and musicians from the Grand Junction Symphony will also perform.

“This is just a fabulous way to introduce kids to multi-mediums of art,” McNab said.

The students also were able to view the works of their older high-school and middle-school counterparts at the ALTRUSA art display. Hundreds of works by teens are included in the show.

This years’ Spring Art Week is sponsored in part by the Kinder Morgan Foundation, The Art Center Guild and the Brush and Palette Club.


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