Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Space One Eleven - Creative Kids Welcome!



Thank heavens for places like Space One Eleven! This non-profit visual artists' organization does a lot of great things in our community.  Featured today are two examples of work produced from their City Center Art Program.  It offers a creative studio experience for children 6-18 from primarily area public housing. projects.  During Art Walk their windows were filled with the colorful work produced by some mighty creative kids. Space One Eleven is a place I will visit again soon.   Maybe they'll let me get some paint on my hands!

" Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Picasso

The Tune du Jour is " Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" By  Carole King.

28 comments:

Blognote said...

What a great initiative to open a centre like this. It is so important that children come into touch with art and its creativity as young as possible. It teaches them to see things in a different perspective.
Then show us what you made at Eleven's, Virginia!!

Olivier said...

les créations des enfants sont très belles et surtout très poétiques. j'adore ce monde.

creations of children are especially beautiful and very poetic. I love this world.

Tash said...

Offering accessible art classes is so important. The schools in the South Bay have Art At Your Fingertips projects taught to parents by the artist, who then teach the children. & it's great that PV Art center was the benefector of the Auto Show. This place looks like a wonderful sunny place for the kids. The red, polka-dotted door is great.

Marie Reed said...

The pumpkins have sprouted up on your header! How lovely!

alice said...

Full of joy and energy!
Beautiful new banner, just perfect for these first days of fall.

Laurie said...

My sister is an artist who has taught life drawing for many years. SHe always says that children are natural artists before they get too grown-up and unsure of themselves, or told too many times how NOT to create something. Also, there is something about immature brains being more in touch with both hemispheres -- or something like that.

These works are so whimsical and uplifting. I'd love to visit this place with my little girl.

Bibi said...

I agree with Laurie 100%. The world needs more centers like these. Would love to visit yours.

Webradio said...

Bonjour Virginia !
Ils sont marrants Tes "pendantifs"... ainsi que tous tes petits objets...
Ma fille va adorer.
A plus tard...

Maria said...

What a good project!

JM said...

It is allways so good to know of places like that and of people who are motivated and determinated in their creation!

I really love your pumpkin pictures, mainly the one under the title of your blog! You have photographed some species I didn't even know of their existence. Very good work, they look beautiful!

Peter said...

Wondefule intitative! It's fantastic what kids can create, especially if the are encouraged! (... at least not discouraged!)

Dusty Lens said...

Oh, you must return to this again and again so we all can see the children's wonderful creations.

Harry Makertia said...

Please come back Virginia, and they will let you play with them. I'm sure...

Virginia said...

I just added this quote to my post today. Your thoughtful comments jogged my memory. By third grade most children's creativity has pretty much been squashed. Places like Space One Eleven are vital.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Picasso

Hope said...

What a wonderful place for children to create and express themselves. Your photos are wonderful!

Strangetastes said...

That's very cool. Why, when I was a tyke back in P.S. 150 in Queens, we were lucky to have blunt nosed scissors and white glue. No wonder I had to take up photography to make up for lost time.

Virginia said...

S.T. I hope you didn't run with those scissors!!! (Or sniff that glue for that matter.)

Knoxville Girl said...

What a great story. Exposing a child to art can show them a whole new way of interpreting their world. I'm glad this center is here to take up the slack from schools districts that are cutting their art and music programs from the budget (warning: hot button for KG!)
I was a popsicle stick-and-glitter (oh yes, lots of glitter!)kind of kid in art class. Maybe that explains some of my wardrobe choices now.

Halcyon said...

Anything that gives kids a chance to express themselves and build their confidence is a great idea in my book! There are some really nice works in your pictures as well - and so colorful!

PS: I see the pumpkins made it to your header. Excellent choice. :)

Chuckeroon said...

I'm liking your new pumkin header photo.

Eki Akhwan said...

I love the wonderful colors and the designs you captured in these pictures, V. I think my son would love to be in a place like this.

And btw, those pumpkins in your previous post are just a feast to the eyes. I've never seen any pumkins of that shape (curly?).

Katie said...

Fabulous photos highlighting something every child should have - lots of art!

Virginia said...

Katie,
Bonjour mon amie! Hope your vacation in Paris is divine. Keeping up with your foolishness (riding a bike on the streets of Paris) on your blog! Thanks for checking in.
xx
V

Wayne said...

The creations and concept are inspiring V. Thanks for including it.

Regarding the Immature Brains Theory. I have one and I can tell you the theory only applies to young people.

Kris said...

It’s good to hear that kids are being given a chance to express themselves in positive ways.

valeria said...

I will repeat something already written here but I agree 100% with Laurie! I'd love to have something like this here in Verona for my daughter, she is almost 3 years old.
I like your photos, a lot! I'll be visiting again. Thank you for coming on my Verona Daily Photo!

PJ said...

I remember taking my son to an art class and being amazed what he was able to accomplish with direction from the right teacher. It's wonderful to see that kids without a lot of resources are able to experience that kind of joy. I'm sure it's an unforgettable experience.

Allison Adams said...

What an awesome way to use your creativity!

I too love Birmingham...

Want to link your site to mine and hope you will do the same.

www.allisonpuccettiadams.blogspot.com

I am an artist and author of Birmingham Sketchbook which has incredible artist's (50 or so) illustrations of the town we love and would love to see you share it with your readers.

They can pick one up at any bookstore (I do not get anything from this by the way..it is owned by the publisher....but want to see the book flourish)
Keep the photos coming and thanks for sharing the links...a great escape in such negative times in our country!

Allison Adams