The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue pride themselves in providing quality fine arts programs, focusing each week on different techniques like printmaking, monochromatic drawing, oil/acrylic, collage, sculpture, and watercolor. Throughout the year the kids use these techniques to create pieces of art and the best are eventually submitted to The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Competition. The winners of the national art competition will have their art exhibited at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference, which then tours the United States for one year. Click here to check out some of our contestant’s pieces!
In lieu of the National Fine Arts Competition, we launched our first annual Traveling Art Show this month. We are currently exhibiting at Waggener Edstrom and plan on Keller Williams, Expedia, and Bungie! Showcasing our kid’s art locally has strengthened relationships with our local partners, and some have even offered donations. Ryan James Fine Arts Gallery has decided to jump on the bandwagon too. On March 13th from 5-8 pm his studio will host a fundraising event in support of the Bellevue and Kirkland Club’s fine arts programs.
In preparation for the event, Ryan James and his colleagues interviewed our kids’ on their perspectives of professional art pieces. The kids went on to replicate the pieces. One kid identified a piece as “Pop-Art” and he was right, how impressive! Another girl thought “This one looks like a city” describing a landscape scene – “you can see right here is where farm people grow the corn.” Through this project, the children gained a deeper understanding of professional artistic techniques and were also able to strengthen their intellectual thinking skills.
By teaching new fine arts techniques each week and highlighting these creations to the public through different events and community partnerships, our hope is to inspire creativity in our kids and to help build up their confidence for adulthood.