Since October 2010, more than 40 young artists from Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 have been hard at work to create extensive artistic portfolios through The Brashear Association's New Artists afterschool art program.
To celebrate student art and achievement, Brashear is inviting the South Pittsburgh community to the 2011 Brashear Association Student Art Show on Tuesday, April 26, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, 1901 Sarah Street. Student artists will be on hand to discuss their work, created under the guidance and mentorship of New Artists instructors, Claire DiIlio and Emily Dunn.
Through the New Artists program, students in grades three, four, and five are exposed to foundational techniques and artistic movements and allowed to explore creative expression through different media. The Brashear Association and Pittsburgh Phillips have a long history of collaboration and participation in programs has grown steadily over the last years. Student interest in the New Artists program reached unprecedented numbers this year, so Brashear opened a separate class for third grade students.
According to Mari Dumbaugh, Brashear's education coordinator, the New Artists Program encourages the development of a variety of skills.
"As they study art and art techniques, students incorporate math concepts and refine writing abilities. We hope that New Artists will help students integrate a variety of skills and enjoy artistic expression," she stated.
The Brashear Association receives support for its afterschool arts programs from the William V. and Catherine A. McKinney Foundation as well as the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Partners Program. For information about Brashear, visit their website at www.brashearassociation.org or call 412-431-2236.