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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celebrate Summer Art at Lewis Art Studio

A new free community open house and art exhibition produced by Arts for Learning Miami, is taking place at the Lewis Art Studio at 101 Grand Avenue. The exhibit features art from summer camp students. Middle school students from throughout the county and elementary school students enrolled in the Barnyard after school program receive art study as part of the program.

This is the 4th year anniversary of the Lewis Arts Studio, a program made possible through the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation. The open house is Saturday, August 4 from 2 to 5 pm.

“This space is organic and flexible. We are not in one contained space, but many smaller connected ones. This space allows for so much more integration of the groups of students as well as allowing for individual investigations. And, being so close to each other, in such an open space, sparks student curiosity in a way that we have not had before.” Llewellyn also notes that being able to work on walls and not just tables gives students an opportunity to work like professional artist," says teacing artist Jenny Llewellyn Jones.

Lewis Arts Academy returns for its fourth summer of intensive visual arts study. A dedicated group of middle school students receive a crash course in portfolio development, working daily on improving their drawing and painting skills with Llewellyn and Abdiel Acosta. In the afternoons, the students split into two groups and work with either Loriel Beltran on sculpture or create a film with Grove artist and filmmaker Joseph Grant.

“The Lewis Arts Studio expands these students beyond skill building. Not only do the students get the techniques, but the program is such an eye opener- to have a better vision of what it means to be an artist, to find their own way of artistic expression,” continued Llewellyn. “This program develops them as a whole artist, not just one assignation (drawer, sculptor, painter, etc.) This is not just learning a linear progression of skills – there is learning skills as well as group dynamics, finding your own voice, and what’s out there in the community."

For more information on the Lewis Arts Studio, call Dia Carter Webb at 305.576.1212 *24 or email dia@a4lmiami.org.

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