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Students can make their own books at Saturday Art Gallery Series

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade and their families will learn to make and illustrate their own books at the next UNT Art Gallery Saturday Series program, organized by the UNT Art Galleries in partnership with the UNT chapter of the National Art Education Association.

The free event, aimed at children from kindergarten to the 12th grade, takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at the UNT Art Gallery.

Collage artist, novelist and poet Christine Irving will lead the event. After reading and discussing a traditional tale, Irving will teach students how to create their own six-page book out of a single piece of paper. 

Irving will then explore different media and materials – such as crayons, stickers and markers – that participants can use to illustrate their books.

Irving has been a collage artist for more than 30 years. Much of her early work was created in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she lived with her family for 17 years.

Irving thinks that storytelling is an important part of everyone’s education. To Irving, storytelling is “the oldest, most natural and most pleasant way to teach or learn any truth, from the most mundane to the most lofty and philosophical.” By combining storytelling with bookmaking, young learners will be inspired to create art.

Her recent projects include a year-long collaboration with fellow artist Michelle Anglin to uncover, through collage, modern meaning in a series of ancient tales.

Volunteers from the National Art Education Association, who are studying to become art teachers, will help guests with the activities.

Saturdays in the UNT Galleries takes place four times each academic year. The other spring program is scheduled for April 11 and will feature activities about photography.

The series is sponsored by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and aims to have children and their families engage with visual art through interactive and performance-based interpretation.

- Caleb Downs, student assistant, News Promotions



Posted on: Thu 15 January 2015

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