GRAFTON—Allowing children to expand their imagination and explore their creativity through art is a critical step in the development for a young mind.
Art programs assist with education by not only inspiring children to learn and use a creative process, but it also helps with the development of critical thinking skills and hand-eye coordination.
North Central West Virginia Community Actions Association (NCWVCAA) Early Head Start and Head Start has recognized the need of this important learning tool and has been hard at work to incorporate the arts into their curriculum, through drawing, coloring, painting and modeling.
According to Jaime Wright, Children Services Supervisor NCWVCAA, in preparation of March being recognized as Youth Art Month, family educators have been incorporating art into their weekly home visits with Early Head Start children and their families throughout the entire county for quite some time.
In conjunction, Preschool and Head Start teachers have also been working to encourage their student’s to use their creative side and have been collecting works of art from their students daily.
All of the artwork that has been collected will be on display at Gallery 62 West throughout the month of March.
Representatives from Gallery 62 West shared that they are excited to be showcasing the work of Taylor County’s youngest artists and will be featuring the work during their annual children’s art show exhibit beginning Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Being exhibited alongside the Preschool and Head Start’s work will be a special showcase from third grade students at Anna Jarvis Elementary School (AJES).
The students at AJES have been working to create mobiles in a collaborative effort between classroom teachers, the school’s art teacher, tutors and the Taylor County Arts Council.
Through the mobile project students not only received lessons in art, but also learned and explored science, technology, engineering and math.
Their final pieces, that will be displayed at the gallery through the month, are inspired by Alexander Calder.
NCWVCAA and Gallery 62 West invite members of the community to come out and support the young artists of the community on Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. during their opening reception, sponsored by Leer Mine.
Be sure to stop in and check out all the masterpieces and enjoy some light refreshments.
The children’s art show will be featured all month long at the gallery, and it can be viewed on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Wright also shared that those needing to submit a Preschool application may do so at the show on Friday.