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'Art It Up' - Children's Art Exhibition 2013

Art' iT

The National Gallery of Jamaica is getting ready to showcase the budding fruits of the artistic labour of participants in its Saturday children’s art programme, Saturday Art Time. The second Art’ iT exhibition is slated to open at the Information Centre of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) on Ocean Boulevard on Saturday, June 22, 2013.  

Art’ iT is an expression which beckons the creative impulse to come forth and be reckoned with,” says a release put out by the NGJ.  The release goes on to explain that the art works selected for the exhibition offer more than the children’s responses to assignments.  “They highlight, instead, the children’s unique responses to questions about their curiosities and the diverse urges of their developing imaginations.”

Saturday morning’s opening will feature Paula Ann Porter-Jones as guest speaker.

The NGJ’s children’s art programme began in 2009 and works with children ages 8 years through to 15 years-old. The programme, coordinated by Monique Barnett, currently has  approximately 30 participants. The inaugural Art’ iT was staged in 2011.

According to a release from the NGJ, the Saturday art programme aims to develop visual communication and art production skills, as well as provide children with a space to interact with peers with similar interests. Saturday Art Time also encourages children to think and speak critically about art. They work in paintings, drawings, sculpture and mix media.

The opening takes place at 11:00 am and the exhibition is open to the public Mondays to Fridays from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. The Art’ iT exhibition closes on Friday, July 12, 2013.