2 Famous Spots to See Kids’ Art Masterpieces

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As a little New Yorker, your kid has probably already seen a Van Gogh, Warhol and Monet first hand. While these artists are nothing short of amazing and their work is surely inspiring, sometimes the best way to encourage a pint-sized Picasso is by showing him what other kids can do. Right now you can see masterpieces created by local kids on display in A Year with Children at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art and The 25th Annual BRIC Contemporary Art Education Exhibition at BRIC Rotunda Gallery. Keep reading to find out what you’ll see at these new exhibits.


A Year with Children 2013
Who: You and your kids can “ooo,” and “ahh,” at art created by students in second through sixth grade from ten public schools from across all five boroughs that participate in the Learning Through Art Program (LTA). Approximately 1,449 students in 56 classes in PS 9 in Prospect Heights, PS 144 in Forest Hills, PS 28 in Washington Heights and seven other schools completed a 20-week program of projects.


What: LTA, an arts education program of the Guggenheim, is in it’s 42nd year. Through the program, professional teaching artists collaborated with teachers to develop and execute art projects related to school curriculum as well as the exhibitions students see at the Museum. This year more than 100 masterpieces from these kids are on display at A Year with Children 2013 including everything from paintings and collages to photographs and sculptures.


You’ll also find flags crafted by Brooklyn Heights’ PS 8 students and handmade clothes from kids at PS 42 in Chinatown hanging in Cafe 3. Before you head home, be sure to watch the animation of how sixth graders at PS 86 in the Bronx transformed their landscape paintings from start to finish.

When: Through June 19, 2013, Sun. – Wed., 10:00 am – 5:45 pm; Fri., 10:00 am – 5:45 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 7:45 pm.

Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side


BRIC Contemporary Art Education Exhibition
Who: More than 1,000 students in grades pre-K through high school from 14 partnering public schools have artwork in this showcase. The schools are located in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and include PS 119, The Magnet School for Global and Ethical Studies; IS 562, the Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration, Bronx Envision Academy and nine others.


What: This free exhibit is in its 25th year. Each year BRIC sends artist teachers to classrooms where they teach kids to use visual art techniques for self-expression and gain a better understanding of academic subjects. On display, you’ll find a wide variety of art – wall projections, paintings and installations.


The graduating 5th grade students from Flatbush’s PS 119 created number “25” for this year’s BRIC Contemporary Art Education Student Exhibition using foam core, wood and over 100 handmade paper flowers. The same class also created an installation of black light pin-hole dioramas of outer space made with florescent paint. Students at IS 136 in Sunset Park made posters and new media focusing on world issues like poverty and the environment and even pre-K students from Brooklyn Heights’ PS 8 are showing off masterpieces influenced by the artists they’ve been studying like Roy Lichtenstein and Franz Klein.

When: May 15, 2013 through June 14, 2013, Tues. – Sat., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Where: BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street
Brooklyn Heights

Which of these exhibits will you be exploring in the coming weeks?

— Julie Seguss

Images: Kris McKay © 2013 Solomon R. Guggenheim and Abby Clark and Frank Jump, courtesy of BRIC