New Beginnings Schools Foundation, Ogden Museum Present Student Led Art Exhibit
The New Beginnings Schools Foundation Early Childhood Program displays school children’s art at the Ogden Museum's Education Gallery.
NEW ORLEANS – New Beginnings Schools Foundation (NBSF) Early Childhood Program has partnered with The Ogden Museum of Southern Arts' Early Childhood Enrichment Program for the past 10 years to expose pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students to the arts. NBSF scholars worked incredibly hard throughout the school year on their visual arts projects, and now all of their hard work is proudly showcased in the Ogden Museum's Education Gallery, school reps said.
Recently, the Ogden Museum hosted a special Gallery Opening, which featured the artwork of early childhood students from Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Medard H. Nelson Charter School, and Gentilly Terrace Charter School. These young scholars were not only able to showcase their artistic talents, but they were also able to engage with their families, friends and special guests.
NBSF's partnership includes literary studies in class, regular visits to the Ogden and special sessions with the museum's teaching artists throughout the fall and spring semesters.
"Our collaborative partnership with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a truly valued learning program for our young scholars," said Michelle Blouin-Williams, CEO of NBSF. "Our students are learning the importance of reading in the most visual and engaging way and we are thrilled that our students can celebrate their talents with the entire community and have the ability to view themselves as Southern artists."
The first component of each semester includes the literacy portion of the program. This year, scholars had the opportunity to listen and read along to "Matthew's Dream" by Leo Lionni, which tells the story of a mouse named Matthew who experiences a fun class trip to the art museum. Inspired by the book, NBSF students created their abstract drawing based on line and color.
Kindergarten students experienced the fun objects and displays showcased in "The Room of Wonders" by Sergio Ruzzier. This book is about a packrat named Pius Pelosi who gathers objects and displays them for all his friends to enjoy. Students then focused on collecting and presenting their objects, much like Pius Pelosi and museum curators.
NBSF's first-grade classes enjoyed "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold. Students followed the journey of Cassie Louise Lightfoot, a little girl who dreams she can fly and travels through the night sky above in New York City. Students used their imaginations to create felt collages featuring flying self-portraits, favorite meals, and views of cities and bridges that were collaborative quilts.
The Ogden Museum's Education Gallery includes artwork of early childhood students from Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Medard H. Nelson Charter School and Gentilly Terrace Charter School.