Children’s Art Class by GAVA
Every Tuesday afternoon, children’s art classes are held at the Mowatt Methodist Church on Ridge Road. The program is produced by Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts (GAVA), and the instructors are Barbara Simon and Ingrid Hass. There are both homeschool and afterschool classes for children between 5 and 14.
Classes are held in the social hall (room with lights on in this photo) of Mowatt Memorial United Methodist Church at 40 Ridge Road. Mowatt Church is also home to Greenbelt’s last Boy Scout troop (746).
Barbara Simon does not remember how many years she has been teaching this class. She thinks it has been more than 15 years.
Raina shows her painting of a bunny in front of three snowcapped mountains. Today the kids are doing tempera painting. Ingrid Hass, the other instructor, tells me that tempera is easier for younger children than watercolor.
Aeryn is painting a cornfield with ladybugs.
Luis is painting a red fox as Ingrid Hass looks from behind.
After finishing her bunny painting, Raina starts a new one.
Vanessa and Sophie
Vanessa signs her painting.
Vincent and Felix
Barbara Simon helps Sophie with her painting.
Raina is painting a red-eyed tree frog.
CeeCee loves to paint her cat.
Aeryn is six years old, one of the youngest in this class.
There are many colors to choose from.
Felix works on his night scene.
Felix is a little upset because he messed up a stroke. The instructors tell him that once the painting is dry, it can be remedied.
Ingrid Hass places finished paintings on a table to dry. This will take several hours, and they will be left here on the table overnight.
CeeCee shows her painting. Again her cat is featured.
Raina painted a luminous tree at night.
She also painted this one of a deer among trees.
Felix holds up his Halloween painting.
Aeryn painted a lion and a mouse.
A Christmas tree by a fireplace
The afterschool class is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Here Ingrid Hass cleans up after the class is over.
Ingrid Hass washes the brushes.
Paul Gauguin’s Breton Girls Dancing, Pont-Aven, 1888. At the beginning of each class, Barbara Simon presents a painting by a master and talks about design elements. For today’s class she used this painting by Gauguin to show the students the diagonal line.
Sophie’s painting has several diagonal lines.
Raina’s tree frog is unfinished. She will finish it next week.
CeeCee’s cat with a yarn ball
Felix helps Barbara Simon put way tempera paint.
There are also colored pencils for children to draw with if they arrive early.
Hass puts a student painting on the display board.
A watercolor by a student from the homeschool class
Another watercolor painting
Ingrid Hass shows me some of the watercolor exercises that the students did.
The supplies have been put away.
This fall’s children’s art classes started on September 18 and there are 10 meetings. Homeschoolers meet from 2 to 3 p.m. and then afterschool classes run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $60 per child for 10 weeks. The next session will start at the end of January, and students will be doing block print making.