Rockaway Museum Brings Art To Youngsters
The workshops held at the Arverne and Seaside Libraries were taught by Sophia Skeans and Anne Hourigan, and gave participants the opportunities to release their artistic muses.
'Paperweights in Clay' was taught around St. Patrick's Day. To celebrate the holiday, students designed painted, three-dimensional clover/shamrock paperweights.
The 'Paper Collage' sessions let the young people attending make pictures using different shapes and sizes of paper.
Skeans, a museum trustee, told The Wave "The children created paper mosaics through floral images. They viewed daffodils and iris' [and] created their artwork through exploring color, form and design elements."
Skeans went on to say "The power of the arts can enliven and transform education. To place the arts and culture at the center of society - this truly engages and enriches the Rockaway community."
In March, Norma Allende conducted a workshop called 'Explorations with Paper' - during which students transformed flat paper into three dimension forms. That same month, Connie Parente taught the benefits of drumming with the African instrument known as the Jembe. Both events took place at the Seaside Library.
The learning continued on May 22 when Stephen Yaeger, a Rockaway Museum lecturer and Wave science columnist, gave a presentation on the anatomy of a hurricane to classes of the Scholars Academy at Q323.
In addition, Allende has conducted an after school art club at PS 105 three days per week.
"There will be additional Art at the Library workshops during June," said Susan Locke, the president of the museum. "People should watch the paper for details."