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StART It Up with ART in the Park

Vista del Valle elementary students create a mural on a Project ARTstART visit to the Pomona College Museum of Art in February.

Vista del Valle elementary students create a mural on a Project ARTstART visit to the Pomona College Museum of Art in February.

Claremont, Calif. (May 10, 2016) Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history. For the fifth consecutive year, the high school students of Project ARTstART will curate ARTstART: StART It Up, an overview exhibition that includes works on paper, collage, sculptures, and laminated paintings from each of the art units presented to 4-6 th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. In addition, this year’s StART It Up will highlight project samples from various AfterARTs sessions, and the ARTstART: By the Book library programs.

As part of this year’s exhibition, ARTstARTers will host art-making activities for visitors of all ages at ART in the Park on Friday afternoon May 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Memorial Park at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m.

ART in the Park

What: Project ARTstART high school students will lead art-making activities for all ages. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.
When: Friday May 27, from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Project ARTstART is completing its fifth year under the direction of Rich Deely, Project Director. During the 2015-16 school year, 60 high school ARTstART students taught multi visit exhibit based art lessons to 920 upper grade students from Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Activities to date have included exhibition visits, field trips and classroom art-making. In addition, ARTstARTers served approximately 125 students a month with our AfterARTs Series of art-making workshops for students enrolled in CUSD Aftercare and over 300 people for the ARTstART: By the Book Series at the Claremont branch of the LA County Public Library.

Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD); and serves students from six participating schools — Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle Elementary Schools and Claremont High School; and funded by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission; The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF); the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF); funds from the City of Claremont Community-Based Organization (CBO); The City of Claremont Teen Council; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; and two CMA member major donors.

For more information on Project ARTstART, visit the Project ARTstART page.
For photos of ARTstART in action go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/albums/72157666311764465

Photo Opportunity: ARTstARTers will be installing the 2016 StART It Up exhibition on Friday, May 20 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Please contact Rich Deely, 914 330-1740, for further details.

StART it Up with ART in the Park

Claremont, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

ARTstART students install StART It Up, an exhibition featuring artwork by 4-6th grade classes from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools in May 2014.

ARTstART students install StART It Up, an exhibition featuring artwork by 4-6th grade classes from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools in May 2014.

For the fourth consecutive year, the high school students of Project ARTstART will curate ARTstART: StART It Up, an overview exhibition that includes highlights of each of the exhibition-based school art units ARTstARTers presented to 4-6th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools.

As part of this year’s exhibition, ARTstARTers will host art-making activities for visitors of all ages at ART in the Park on Friday afternoon May 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Memorial Park at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from noon to 5 p.m.

ART in the Park

What: Project ARTstART high school students will lead art-making activities for all ages. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center.

When: Friday May 29, from 3:30-5 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Project ARTstART is completing its fourth year under the direction of Rich Deely, Project Director. During the 2014-15 school year, over 50 high school ARTstART students taught multi-visit exhibit-based art lessons to 646 upper grade students from Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Activities to date have included exhibition visits, field trips and classroom art-making. In addition, ARTstARTers have led monthly after-school art lessons at each of our current school sites. Project ARTstART will expand to include Sumner elementary school in the fall of 2015.

Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District; participating schools — Mountain View, Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle Elementary Schools and Claremont High School; and funded by generous donations from the LA County Arts Commission; The Flourish Foundation; The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; the Claremont Community Foundation (CCF); a City of Claremont Community Based Organization Grant; the Claremont Rotary Club; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; and two CMA member major donors.

For more information on Project ARTstART, go to
http://claremontmuseum.org/education-programs/artstart/
For more photos go to
https://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/sets/72157649260135067/

stART-it-up-PR

ARTstARTers lead Mountain View Elementary students on a field trip to see the work of Brenna Youngblood at the Pomona College Museum of Art on March 10, 2015.

ART If Up with Art in the Park PDF

Student images set to appear at El Roble

Press Contact: Catherine McIntosh
909 626-1386, cell 713 829-9338
cmcintosh1011@gmail.com

ARTpix-color-LogoClaremont, Calif. (February 12, 2015) – ARTpix is the Claremont Museum of Art’s newest after school arts education program for El Roble Intermediate School students designed to foster creative self-expression through photography. The program launched on Tuesday, February 3rd.

Seventh and eighth-grade students receive hands-on training with digital cameras provided by El Roble for this field trip-based, 8-week, “how-to” class. ARTpix students are spending 50-60% of their time outside of the classroom using locations around the Village of Claremont as the creative backdrop for student photography instruction and experimentation. Students are also using the computer lab to print and enhance their photographs.

ARTpix will culminate in a public Art Wall exhibition of student photographs in mid-April 2015. The Art Wall is the 8 ft. by 24 ft. billboard-like structure adjacent to the east side of The Packing House in the West Village. (The current Art Wall exhibition features student cartoons from last year’s ARToon arts education program at El Roble.)

The ARTpix instructor is El Roble art teacher, Wendy Kubiak. Co-creators of the ARTpix program are Ms. Kubiak and CMA board member for arts education programs, Lori Evans Lama.

ARTpix is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by generous donations from a CMA member major donor; Gould Asset Management LLC; Claremont Trader Joe’s; Claremont Chamber of Commerce “Best B.E.T.” Grant Program; and online contributions from individuals nationwide.

See more photos of ARTpix in action at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/claremontmuseum/sets/72157650224701390/

ARTpix PDF

ARTstART Presents StART It Up, a Student Art Exhibition

(May 19, 2014) Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

An Oakmont Elementary School student creates a clay creature on a Project ArtstART field trip to visit the Claremont Museum of Art exhibition "Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit" at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Monday, March 10, 2014.

An Oakmont student makes a clay snake after viewing animal sculptures by Betty Davenport Ford on a field trip to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

StART It Up, an exhibition of related student artwork will be on view noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday May 31, Sunday June 1 and Wednesday June 4 in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Curated and installed by ARTstART high school students, the exhibition will feature work by 4-6th grade classes from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools.

The Claremont Museum of Art’s presents StART It Up, a Project ARTstART student exhibition.

When: Saturday May 31, Sunday June 1 and Wednesday June 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

Project ARTstART is completing its third year under the direction of Rich Deely. In the 2013-14 school year, 42 high school ARTstART students interacted with 442 elementary students from Oakmont, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Activities to date have included 35 exhibition visits, field trips and classroom art-making. In addition, after-school art lessons have been offered through CLASP and at Sycamore school. Project ARTstART will expand to include Mountain View school in the fall of 2014.

Project ARTstART is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Flourish Foundation.  For more information on Project ARTstART, go to claremontmuseum.org/education-programs/artstart/ .

ARToon Goes Public at The Packing House

March 10, 2014 – Where are you likely to find Space Kitty, Foxman, The Sleepwalker, Turtle Boy, The Golden Grasshopper, The Dependable Man and Lollipop Love all at the same time and in the same place? Answer: on the ARToon Art Wall exhibition at the east patio of The Packing House, 532 W. First Street in Claremont on Friday, March 21st at 5:30pm.

El Roble student Sam Offill-Jackson works on a panel from his comic book Gazr and Vesuvius.

El Roble student Sam Offill-Jackson works on a panel from his comic book Gazr and Vesuvius.

ARToon is an original Claremont Museum of Art after school arts education program that helps El Roble Intermediate School students discover the art of cartooning. The program is celebrating the close of its second year of cartoon instruction this month. Each of the 32 “ARToonistas” created an original, large format page from his or her comic book or graphic novel concept. The cartoons are being printed onto vinyl that will be installed onto the 8 ft. by 24 ft. Art Wall located on the east patio adjacent to The Packing House.

Student artists, their parents and relatives, El Roble faculty and staff, and the Claremont community are invited to celebrate the unveiling of the ARToon student cartoons at the site of the Art Wall. The public is encouraged to join the party in the West Village on Friday, March 21st at 5:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The 2014 ARToon Art Wall cartoon exhibition replaces the 2013 ARToon exhibition. The new 2014 exhibition will remain in place on the Art Wall through August 2014.

ARToon Art Wall Unveiling and Artist Reception, Friday, March 21, 5:30pm
The Packing House, East Patio, 532 W. First Street, Claremont

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by generous donations from a CMA member and Claremont
contributors Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management Inc. and Gould Asset Management, LLC.

Oakmont students experience the sculpture of Betty Davenport Ford with Project ARTstART

(March 3, 2014) – Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program in its third year directed by Rich Deely, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

Monday March 10, 1:00pm at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Thursday March 13, 1:00pm at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

We invite you to experience Project ARTstART in action as Claremont High School students of Project ARTstART lead field trips for Oakmont Elementary School 4, 5 and 6 grades to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.  There, they will visit the Claremont Museum of Art exhibition Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit, take a nature walk and engage in a clay-based activity.

To prepare for their presentations, ARTstARTers met with the artist and her daughter, Cathleen Ford Miner, tested out a clay activity with ceramic artist Jennifer Grace, and developed a pre-visit lesson that they presented at Oakmont during the week of February 24th.

Launched in the fall of 2011, Project ARTstART recruits high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens are trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, in the classroom, and in local museum settings. ARTstART Teens learn how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from the Claremont Colleges.

ARTstART‘s roster now totals 45 high school students and three college mentors to enable ARTstART to serve 4-6th grade classes at Sycamore, Oakmont and Vista del Valle elementary schools with student-planned and presented arts appreciation activities and field trips.

Project ARTstART is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Flourish Foundation and the City of Claremont.

ARToon kicks off with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz visit to El Roble

ARToon!(January 25, 2013) – A new Claremont Museum of Art arts education project, called ARToon will give voice to a generation of middle school students through the art of cartooning. The program, directed by Lori Evans Lama in collaboration with El Roble Intermediate School, will launch February 5 and continue for six weekly after- school lessons culminating with a public exhibition and display on the Art Wall at the Packing House in April.

ARToon-la_cucarachaTuesday, February 5, 2:15pm – Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the daily L.A. Times syndicated “La Cucaracha” comic strip will kick off the first ARToon lesson by working with students and focusing on cartooning in a strip format.

El Roble Intermediate School, 665 N Mountain Ave, Claremont. Please pickup your visitors’ badge at the front office and you will be escorted to Art Room 803.

On site contact is Peggy Carlson, cell 909 374-1491.

An after school class of forty El Roble Intermediate School students will pick a cartoon format, develop an original character and tell a story or express their thoughts, insights and beliefs on paper in cartoon form. Students will work under the tutelage of El Roble’s art teacher, Wendy Kubiak, and will learn about some of the great cartoon artists of our time and how their cartoons have been used throughout history to communicate thoughts, opinions, commentary and ideas.

On February 12, award winning editorial cartoonist Anne Cleaves will talk about her experiences as an editorial cartoonist and present a short history of political cartooning. On February 19, comic book artist and ‘Cartoonista,’ Javier Hernandez will help students begin developing their own original stories and signature characters.

Finally, the ARToon exhibition will premiere on March 22 at El Roble. In April, a billboard-sized outdoor installation will be unveiled on the Packing House Art Wall. Watch for more details to come.

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by a generous donation from a CMA member and these Claremont contributors: Curtis Real Estate; Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management, Inc.; Gould Asset Management, LLC.

Student Exhibition highlights achievements of Project ARTstART

ARTstART_exhibition (May 29, 2012) – The Claremont Museum of Art launched Project ARTstART in the Fall of 2011. Under the direction of Rich Deely, the program’s inaugural year has been enthusiastically received by over 200 Claremont students. Project ARTstART is a youth arts education program that involves older students in teaching, and younger students in learning about Claremont’s many arts and cultural attractions. An exhibition of related student artwork will be on view Wednesday, May 30 6-8pm and Thursday, May 31 10-4pm in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

Sycamore Elementary Art Program collaborates with Project ARTstART to focus on PST

Using the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time celebration of post-World War II arts as a departing theme, high school students of the Claremont Museum of Art’s Project ARTstART collaborated with Sycamore arts educator Mary Town to create thematic arts activities for Sycamore School’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes. The plan was simple: have high school students identify themes, create activities based on local PST exhibitions, and present lessons to Sycamore students under the guidance of both Sycamore and CMA staff.

ARTstART_exhibition-02The works exhibited are a sample of projects undertaken over the course of the semester relating to the ARTstART student-devised themes for each class presentation. Inspired by works of artists from the Pomona Valley Community, ARTstARTers and their college mentors planned and presented art appreciation introductions and field trips followed by art-making projects. Field trip destinations included: Clay’s Tectonic Shift at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Big Bugs/David Rogers installations at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art in collaboration with Claremont Heritage.

Claremont High School students build leadership skills through Project ARTstART

Twenty-five Claremont High School ARTstARTers met weekly throughout the Fall semester. Under the direction of museum educator Rich Deely and Claremont Colleges student mentors, they visited cultural sites to familiarize themselves with Claremont’s arts heritage and learned how to prepare and present lessons. They based simple project ideas around their trips to Claremont Heritage, the Maloof residence, the Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, and the Pomona College Museum of Art.

ARTstART_exhibition-03In February, after much planning and preparation ARTstART Teens presented arts appreciation activities at Sycamore Elementary School for five classes of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. As students visited the Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill exhibition, ARTstARTers introduced their chosen theme through activities. Example themes included ‘Making Impressions,’ Working in the 3rd Dimension/ Sculpture’ and ‘There Are No Mistakes’ [in Art]. Once all five ARTstART teams had worked with Sycamore students, they met to compare notes and conduct a self-assessment on the success of their initial lesson. Then it was back out into the community to visit and plan other field trips at area attractions.

Project ARTstART plans to grow in 2012-13

With the tremendous success of Project ARTstART’s inaugural year, the Claremont Museum of Art plans to expand the program to include a second elementary school for the 2012-13 academic year.

The museum is actively pursuing new sources of additional funding with the intention of including all Claremont schools in the future.

ArtX Student Art Competition Winners Announced

ArtX logo

(May 5, 2011) – The Claremont Museum of Art is pleased to announce the winners of ArtX 2011, a juried art competition and exhibition for all high school students, grades 9 – 12, who attend school or live in Claremont, California. Public, private and home-schooled students were invited to participate. ArtX is an exciting opportunity for high school student artists to learn and experience the finer points of the competition and exhibition process.

Best in Show winner Cory Paringer

Best in Show winner Cory Paringer

Seventy-seven entries were accepted and judged by a panel of professional artists and arts educators. Winners were announced May 4th at the exhibition opening reception, attended by 150 people in the Ginger Elliott Gallery at Memorial Park. Cash awards were given to the artwork that placed in the categories of Best of Show ($300) plus First ($200), Second ($150) and Third ($100) place and Honorable Mentions ($50) in each of two categories: mixed media and photography.

Winning artwork will be on display at the Ginger Elliot Gallery at Claremont Heritage’s Garner House at Memorial Park, 840 North Indian Hill Blvd. through May 15: Fridays 3-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays noon- 5pm. All entries are exhibited on the Claremont Museum of Art website www.claremontmuseum.org. ArtX is made possible by a substantial donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

The Winners

Best of Show: Cory Paringer, Claremont High School, Grade 11. “Oil Spill”, 2011. Pencil drawing on paper.

First Place Mixed Media: Tyler Sharpnac, Claremont High School, Grade 9. “Art Matters”, Spray paint, paint pens, oil paint, Sharpies on canvas.

Second Place Mixed Media: Timmy Luong, Claremont High School, Grade 12. “Untitled”, Charcoal and pastel.

Third Place Mixed Media: Sarah Hammado, Claremont High School, Grade 10. “United We Stand”, Acrylic paint.

First Place Photography: Will Stanger, Claremont High School, Grade 10. “Duplicity”, Digital photography collage

Second Place Photography: Marvin Carabante, Claremont High School, Grade 10. “Griffith Observatory”, Digital photography collage

Third Place Photography: Paul Cho, Claremont High School, Grade 11. “Depth of Field”, Digital Photography

ArtX…the X is for excellence, eXtraordinary and X marks the spot for Claremont’s student artists!

The theme for ArtX2011, What Matters?, was particularly appropriate for the times. Not only did the theme provide both a global and local source of inspiration for artists, it could also be interpreted on a very personal level.

ArtX focused on two-dimensional forms of artistic expression: multimedia and photography. Artwork was be reviewed and critiqued by a panel of judges comprised of professional working artists and arts educators. How students interpreted the competition’s theme, What Matters? was extremely important. The resulting exhibition showcases the creative talents of high school level student artists currently working in the City of Claremont.

Faces Behind the Scene

Lori Lama and Cory Paringer

Lama Evans Lama congratulates Best of Show winner Cory Paringer.

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs. Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

ArtX Judges and Judging Process

Judging of student artwork entered in the ArtX competition was based on creativity and originality, skill and technique, artistic vision and style and execution of the theme “What Matters?” Each piece of student artwork was evaluated using a standardized rubric, a printed set of rules and instructions used to guide the judges. Then, the artwork was judged on a simple rating scale and calculated to determine the winning entries.

Judges included noted Claremont water color painter and founding Claremont Museum of Art Board member, Jim Fuller; practicing artist and Scripps College faculty member, Nancy Macko; artist and arts educator at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Jeanne Steffan; Pomona Arts Colony gallery owner and painter, Juan Thorp; and museum program and outreach manager for Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, Jessica Wimbley.

ArtX Exhibition hours details
Sunday, May 8 – Noon-5 PM
Thursday, May 5 – 3 PM-6 PM
Friday, May 6 – 3 PM-7:30 PM
Saturday, May 7 – Noon-5 PM
Friday, May 13 – 3 PM-6 PM
Saturday, May 14 – Noon-5 PM
Sunday, May 15 – Noon-5 PM

ArtX Archive Website

 

Claremont Museum of Art Launches Pledge Drive to Fund Art Education Programs

(February 21, 2011) – As public funding for school art programs shrink, we feel the Claremont Museum of Art can fill an important role in providing art education to Claremont youth through our three education projects: Family Art activities, ArtX student art competition and Project ARTstART.

I am please to announce the CMA Education Program pledge drive and hope that you will join us in supporting these projects. A generous supporter has contributed $10,000 to fund ArtX 2011 and the Spring event is well underway. Members of the board have made significant contributions to start our Education fund and we are in the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants.

Our goal is to collect pledges totaling $120,000, enough to fully fund the first two years of the program.

Please visit our website www.claremont museum.org for further details. If we meet that goal, we will launch ARTstART in the Fall of 2011.

– Sandy Baldonado, CMA Board President

ARTstART Art Appreciation Program

Rich Deeley

Rich Deely

Project ARTstART, directed by Rich Deely, will train high school and college students to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote under-standing of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

We have prepared a detailed 5-year plan and we are ready to launch the pilot program as soon as funding is available.

Claremont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Bell says “We believe this partnership will create meaningful experiences for our students — providing them with an opportunity to learn about what our community has to offer, augment our continuing work in the classroom, and strengthen ties between our district and other institutions.”

Under Project ARTstART, Museum consultants will recruit district high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens will be trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, both in the classroom, and in local museum settings. As part of their training, ARTstART Teens will learn about how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from The Claremont Colleges.

Once prepared for their role, ARTstART Teens will work with educators at Sycamore Elementary School to deliver lessons to students related to art exhibitions at Claremont area museums and galleries. The program will conclude with a hands-on art project inspired by the exhibitions, and shaped by classroom teachers, ARTstART Teens, and the elementary students themselves. The program will eventually serve all elementary students in the district.

An independent museum consultant with over 15 years’ work in the museum field, Rich Deely has worked as an educator in art, history, and science museums in New York, North Carolina, and California. Originally from New York City, Rich has BA degrees in both history and communications from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. He has planned and implemented two successful museum-based youth docent programs, one of which won national recognition through the Coming Up Taller Award for Excellence in Youth Programming in 2007.

ArtX Student Art Competition

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

ArtX, directed by Lori Evans Lama, is a reprise of the 2009 juried student art competition and exhibition. It’s open to students in grades 9-12, who live in Claremont and attend public or private school or are home-schooled.

Artwork must address the ArtX theme “What Matters?” and winners will receive cash prizes.

The ArtX website, containing registration information and entry form, will launch on February 21 at www.claremontmuseum.org. Entries will be collected in April. Winners will be announced and exhibited in early May. ArtX is made possible by a generous donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs.

Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

Family Art Activities

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

The Family Art Program, directed by Mary Hughes, presents creative art activities for children at City festivals. Local art educators and volunteers plan, prepare and guide young visitors in hands-on art projects.

It is inspiring to see the hundreds of enthusiastic children filling the seats of the art tables throughout the day.

Look for our booth in April at the Packing House, at the Fourth of July Celebration in Memorial Park, at Village Venture and at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta in November. Mary Hughes has been an active volunteer with the Claremont Museum of Art since its earliest days. She has an MFA in Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach and BAs in Art and in Communications. She has taught Studio Art courses, Art Appreciation, and Art History at the College level and at the Junior High level for 13 years.

She has also taught Art Enrichment Classes to all grades at the Elementary level for the past two decades. As an artist who shows both locally and nationally, Mary works with layering on canvas, paper and silk.