AS220 Youth – Visuals!

Five areas of Concentration within AS220 Youth…. This week’s piece to explore?  Visuals. 

We are one week closer to the big day!  On November 19th, we will find out whether AS220 Youth, AS220’s free arts education program serving young people ages 14-21 with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state, will be one of 12 national organizations recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for excellence in programming.  (We are FINALISTS three years running!)  As we await the results of the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, we are offering weekly blogs profiling the areas of concentration within AS220 Youth:  Communications, Photography, Visual Arts, Performance and Video Game Design.  Today, get a glimpse of Visuals.  

The Visuals Program offers instruction in a variety of artistic media.  We provide an environment for young people to explore various art-making techniques and enhance their independent creative thinking. Through weekly classes students learn basic skills in drawing, painting, screen printing, mixed media, and stop motion animation.  

Students are encouraged to explore their own creative styles through independent projects and build personal portfolios.  Aside from gaining technical skills, young people are taught how to communicate about their artwork and the artwork of others through regular individual and group critiques.  Visiting artists often come to the studio to provide lectures and critiques.

If a student displays commitment to their artwork and the program they are given an opportunity to exhibit their work in the AS220 Youth Gallery.  The AS220 Youth Gallery is located in our program space at 115 Empire Street.

Visuals seeks opportunities outside of the program for young people to show and sell their work.  Some of our past shows include the Atrium Gallery @ One Capitol Hill, South County Center for the Arts, Firehouse13, CityArts! and Roots Cafe.

Visuals can be hired for mural painting, as well as screenprinting.  We have created several large scale murals in Providence and Pawtucket for clients such as the Providence Recreation Department, Andera Inc., Tides Family Services, and the Valley School.

We could go on with explanations, or we could let the young artists in Visuals speak for themselves — through their self portraits.  

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