Gallery Talk

Children’s Art Coordinator Sharon Guy discusses a “forgery” of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with an attentive group of young artists.

Developing children’s imagination is what brought former educators and Pelican Bay Arts Association members together to form the Children’s Art Program in December of 2018.  They established their goals and created the following mission statement:

‘The Manley Art Program for Children is designed to teach art techniques and vocabulary. The program will focus on the seven art elements: line, shape, form, space, texture, value, and color. To build a solid foundation in art, we will incorporate art history, fun materials and exciting techniques.  Students will be encouraged to view and discuss art, thereby expanding their ability to articulate their own thoughts, ideas and creative choices.’

Classes began in February 2019 with a generous donation for materials from PBAA members, and a significant donation from the Harris Family to be used for scholarships. With many volunteer hours, these dedicated members developed and implemented five classes, which were filled to capacity.  Students ages 6 to 12 were immersed in art history that launched them into creating works incorporating the seven elements using various materials. Skills that were developed through drawing, painting and ceramics enhanced their imaginative creations.

Full steam ahead was voiced by all the CAP volunteers, until COVID-19 struck, the monster that put its foot down on our momentum and enthusiasm in 2020.  Slowly but surely, we are coming out of our stupor.  Putting their fears to the side, two PBAA members, Linda Evans and Chaney Delaire, successfully taught classes in summer 2021 to a full classroom, giving a much-needed artistic outlet to our local youth.  

CAP encouraged attendance of Brookings-Harbor’s children from all income households by having a policy of keeping class fees to a minimum and making scholarships available. Although the classes were full, we still felt that some children were being excluded. We did not take into account the issues of after-school activities and transportation concerns. We needed a solution.

In the Spring of 2021, a proposal for a CAP pilot program was presented to the Brookings-Harbor School District. The CAP program would conduct one-hour classes for all the third graders during the 2021-22 school year. Enthusiasm and encouragement came from all interested community leaders and resulted in the approval of this pilot program.  CAP will now work with the Kalmiopsis Principal Carol Leonard and the third-grade teachers to have each student receive a one-hour art class for four weeks. They will have exposure to art history, the seven elements of art, develop skills in using art materials and, hopefully, this will ignite their imaginations. We are planning to implement the program this fall, provided the COVID-19 does not impact the health and safety of the students and teachers.

If this pilot program is successful for all partners, we hope to expand this program in the future.

The CAP Pilot Program would not be possible without the help of community partners through their encouragement, financial support and their expertise in organizing programs that benefit children. With sincere gratitude, from all the Brookings-Harbor children and the PBAA/CAP organization, the following organizations are appreciated.  

  • Brookings-Harbor School District
  • Pelican Bay Arts Association/Manley Art Center
  • Curry County Cultural Coalition
  • Brookings-Harbor Educational Foundation, Inc.
  •  Oregon Cultural Trust

The Manley Art Center will continue to offer ‘outside of school’ classes that require more in-depth lessons, expert instruction and proper facilities.  Of course, none of this is possible without dedicated teachers.  If you love children and are passionate about fostering the love of creating art, CAP will be happy to assist you in becoming a CAP teacher of ‘imagination’. To learn more contact sigart573@gmail.com.

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