The Springs School Visiting Artists Program has expanded its outreach to seventh and eighth graders, many of whom do not have art classes in the course of their regular school day because of what the school has said are scheduling conflicts.
The group will put together a monthly day of art workshops for seventh and eighth graders on Saturdays to make up for those scheduling conflicts. In Springs, by the seventh and eighth grades, students usually have art every other day but many of them are pulled out of art to receive other types of instruction, such as accelerated classes or extra help.
"The goal is to give students an opportunity," said Karen Pardini, who has helped coordinate the Springs Mystery Arts Sale in the past, and who is helping plan this workshop series on behalf of the PTA and Visiting Artists Program. "It's for those that have a love of art, and also to be able to have kids express themselves creatively."
The first workshop will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the school. The guest artist will be Andy Piver, an illustrator, toy maker, and mixed-media artist. He will lead sessions in making buttons, designing trucker hats, and making and painting cast-resin holiday ornaments.
Ms. Pardini said the goal is to have one lengthy workshop per month, with a different artist each month leading the activities. She said the school's administration has been supportive of the effort.
"They need to stay in touch with their creativity, and we have so many talented artists here that want to work with the kids," she said.
More information on the workshops may be found on the school's website at springsschool.org.