WIAC is a great place for the community to come and learn about the benefits of art. In November, we hosted Schuylkill Haven Area Elementary for a day of education which included an art activity inspired by German Fraktur drawing.
90 Students arrived at the center, greeted by Executive Director Lisa Robinson and Events Coordinator Susan Williams, who hosted tours of the art center. Haven art teacher Michael Wurster said that he wanted to expose the art students to what a real art gallery is like and to see what it takes to put a gallery together. He also wanted to see how art can be purchased in the real world and that art can be a source of income. Groups of students explored artists studios as well as the gallery. Studio artist Kris Miller-Siple gave an informative presentation on the Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition, which opened a few days prior. Associate artist Jordan Fees spoke on the history of folk art, as it relates to Schuylkill County. He later gave a demonstration on how to create a German Fraktur certificate. Artist Ruby Ginamarie was on hand to assist.
Towards the end of the field trip students were able to pick their favorite pieces of art on display. One student, Adrienne R expressed how "art takes more than you think. It means a lot to an artist because they put so much time into it. We draw but don't get to share like them."
The center recently received thank you cards from the teachers and students and look forward to hosting them again soon