THE BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES Story and photos by Mark Nessia
or years, the Bakersfield Museum of Art has strived to bring art education to students, inspiring young minds to be creative thinkers. The museum offers a variety of artistic projects in a friendly environment year-round. In 1994, it introduced its art summer program, an eight-week program that meets five days a week for three hours a day. In 2003, it unveiled a side-by-side summer program tailored for pre-kindergarten children and their caregivers, encouraging parent-child interaction. The museum’s teen art camp, introduced in 2013, is specifically designed for teenagers, encouraging them to collaborate with other young artists to fully realize their potential. After-school art programs are also available for students ages 6 to 17. The programs are designed to allow students to explore and express their creativity through a variety of methods and mediums. “Our teachers give instruction, lessons in technique and a little nudging,” said education coordinator Liz Sherwyn. “The rest is up to the students’ imaginations.”
Twelve-year-old Piero Accinelli pencils his design onto a linoleum block before carving it with a chisel.
Lyle Wescott, 9, works on his mandala. Wescott chose blue, yellow and orange, which represent calm and happiness. 134
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Zachary Hartford and Sydnie Rice, both 8 years old, act out their story about two bears that go on a date using shadow puppets.
Classmates film each others’ shadow puppet performances. Students are encouraged to collaborate and work together in creating their puppets and stories.
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