National Gallery offers artful summer for kids

| 30/06/2015
Cayman News ServiceYoungsters enjoy last summer's art camp on Cayman Brac

Youngsters enjoy last summer’s art camp on Cayman Brac

(CNS): The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) has a summer of art planned for students to enjoy over the long break. The free programming will allow kids to utilise their creativity by participating in a range of imaginative activities.

The NGCI will host a variety of youth-centred activities, from the Cine Club to Summer Camp Drop-ins as well as a guest artist who will visit students in Cayman Brac.

National Gallery education coordinator Kerwin Ebanks explained the advantages of the summer programme. “It is great that kids get an opportunity to do something constructive during the summer months. The programme is free and open to students from all backgrounds, so it’s also a great way for students from different schools to work together creatively,” he said.

“With the upper and lower exhibition halls being open as usual as well as free coffee and tea for gallery members, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.”

Each Summer Camp Drop-in session will be different, giving kids aged 6-14 multiple opportunities to take part in a range of art-related activities including stencilling, creative group gatherings, painting and drawing. Drop-in sessions will take place in the NGCI Education Centre every Thursday from 2:00pm-4:00pm, from 2 July to 20 August. Sponsored by Scotiabank, admission is free, but space is limited to 20 students and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Students get creative at a drop-in session

Summer Cine Club for Kids is back with an all-new selection of movies. This summer the club will be focusing on the themes of social equality and overcoming personal fears. Cine Club curator and NGCI Deutsche Bank intern, Lyle Anderton, explained, “These films are heart-warming, hilarious and adventurous; an all-around fun collection for the kids to watch and learn together.”

Screenings will be every Tuesday starting at 2:00pm. An adult must accompany children under 12. To ensure that authentic cinema experience, popcorn, cookies and juice will be on sale at each showing.

The films to be screened are: Spirited Away (7 July); E.T. (14 July); The Emperor’s New Groove (21 July); Cool Runnings (28 July); Howl’s Moving Castle (4 August); and My Neighbor Totoro (11 August).

In addition, the annual full-day Cayman Brac Summer Art Camp will be held 1 August, and will feature guest artist Robin McLaurin, a fine-art photographer and educator with years of experience. The day will include a wide variety of art activities and discussions, and will close with an art show of the work completed during the camp.

The National Gallery is also offering work-experience positions for teens throughout the summer. These placements typically last one to two weeks, depending on each student, and cover a wide variety of topics such as marketing and communications, education, operations, event planning, fundraising and curating. For details and to book an interview, email NGCI communications.

For more information about the various summer activities at the National Gallery, email NGCI education or call 945-8111.

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