Creative Canvas returns to local schools
Nearly 200 third and fourth graders at Chatom Elementary School and Fruitdale High School recently learned painting techniques and created their own masterpiece during the Wilcox Gallery’s Creative Canvas Workshop with visiting artist Rianna Freeman Turner.
During the “Creative Canvas Workshop,” students received step-by-step instruction to paint an 8x10 piece, “Mosaic Turtle.”
In the coming months, the Wilcox Gallery will take the Creative Canvas Workshop to third and fourth grade students at Leroy High School, McIntosh Elementary School, Millry High School, and Southern Choctaw Elementary School.
One of the goals of the Wilcox Foundation, created by the late Edith Jordan Wilcox, is to promote the arts in Washington County.
“One of our objectives is to provide hands-on learning opportunities in the arts. This school year, we will do that for over 500 children through the Creative Canvas Workshop. Since the program’s inception in 2014, we have brought this experience to over 1,000 children in Washington County,” said Alicia Atcheson, executive director of the Wilcox Gallery.
The Wilcox Gallery plans to bring back the popular “Stroke of Genius” painting classes for adults in 2017 and will also introduce additional arts experiences.
The Creative Canvas Workshop series is a free program offered to area students and is underwritten by the Wilcox Foundation and the following sponsors: Long Leaf Land & Timber, Olin, First Community Bank, Clarke-Washington EMC, Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins, and Bradley, P.A., Millry Communications, Capstone Bank, Woodrow Reynolds & Son Timber Company, Courthouse Drugs, Andrew’s Hardware, and Williams Financial Group.