Oct 19, 2017

From The Sea

Boy with seascape painting
Boy with seascape painting
The 2017 children's visual arts program titled 'Growing Young SVG Artists" was a success!
Once more your financial support enabled us to produce the 2017 program.
We thank you for your support and hope you will continue to do so!   
Roughly 140 children attended this year's program.The 2017 theme "From The Sea"  with special focus on whales was a big "draw" especially for boys. Fun and  appealing projects were created. Children learned how whales are identified, the food they eat, the good they do for the environment and the dangers they face. All made pop up books, which of course, contained a big whale in a seascape, many seascapes were painted using water colour paints. Poems about the sea were read to the children, who had a chance to create their own poems.       
 Matisse, the French painter was discussed and the children each made a collage in his famous cut out style. 
This year there were several textile projects. Scarves were painted to resemble the sea and called "Sea Scarves". There was a weaving project which produced a mini magic carpet. Each child was given a 3"x 6" cardboard loom and wove a carpet. While weaving the children had to think of a country far away they wanted to visit. They were asked to draw and paint themselves flying through the air on their carpet, en route to visit the country they chose. They were also required to draw and paint what they expected to see once they were in that country. It was interesting to hear and see which countries were selected. There was one little girl who wanted to visit Bora Bora. Needless to say we were all stunned!
Songs about the sea such as "Octopus's Garden", "Yellow Submarine", "Dock of the Bay" and "Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid" were taught. Each location chose a song and made sure the children know the words.
The program had fun activities which required the children to use their hands and immagination. 
We are asking you to please continue to support us, this program is done in rural areas on the island of St. Vincent, where the children do not have many activities during the long July and August school vacation. They truly look forward to the "Growing Young SVG Artists" program each year.  
 
making a Matisse style collage
making a Matisse style collage
painting a sea scarf
painting a sea scarf
Pop Up Book
Pop Up Book

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Jul 25, 2017

The 2017 "Growing Young SVG Artists Programme

Whale markings for identification
Whale markings for identification
On Monday July 24th the annual visual arts programme "Growing Young SVG Artists" will start. Thanks to you donors we continue to offer the programme. Your donations ensure it's continuation. We are always grateful for your generous donations!
 "Growing Young SVG Artists"  will run for the next three weeks ending  August 11th. 
  This year's title is "From The Sea". We have designed exciting projects geared to be fun, active and interesting.The activities focus on all things from the sea with special emphasis on whales. Children will learn how to identify whales, what they do for the ecosystem and for humans and the dangers they encounter.
They will learn about Matisse and have the opportunity to make a cut out collage in his style. They will weave a magic mini carpet and then draw and paint a foreign country they would like to visit on their magic carpet. 
Poems about the sea will be read. Songs about the sea will be sung.
 Other activities are the making pop up seascape books, and doing fabric painting on "Sea Scarves". 
During the Teachers Training Workshop, held July 17 to July 21st. in preparation for the programme, the teachers had a wonderful time doing the projects. They found them rich, fun and varied.  
In my next report I will share the results of the 2017 "Growing Young SVG Artists" programme with you.
We hope you will continue to support this project, which is now in it's 17th year. The children love it!
Identifying whale markings on the tail
Identifying whale markings on the tail
an example of a pop up book made by teachers
an example of a pop up book made by teachers
another example of a pop up book by teachers
another example of a pop up book by teachers

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Apr 28, 2017

Youlou Art Centre is Launched

Paintings from the art show and sale
Paintings from the art show and sale
After many years of dreaming of this day and months of preparation, the Youlou Art Centre and Gallery was launched on March 4th. All went well! The event was very festive, a lovely evening with perfect weather. A large crowd of art lovers attended the celebration. The walls were filled with paintings from local artists, there was wine and cheese, and music from the South East Steel Orchestra. It was indeed a very special evening for Youlou Arts Foundation, the realization of the dream of establishing and Art Centre and Gallery for St. Vincent and the Grenadines!  
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Mr. Cecil Mckie, the minister of tourism, sports and culture, addressed the audience, congratulating the organization on its's persistence in fund raising towards it's goal, the first of it's kind on the island. Then it was time to cut the ribbon, declaring the centre open. This was done by Camille Saunders Musser, founder of Youlou Arts Foundation.
Also sharing the launch event was the 3rd annual Art Show and Sale, featuring 15 local artists. There was a display of paintings on canvas, photography, and sculpture, roughly 60 pieces of art work. 
Having an Art Centre and Gallery is a grand accomplishment but to keep it sustainable is a completely other story! Donors I know you have supported us in the past and I sincerely hope you will continue to give us your financial support. It is alway greatly appreciated. The centre is here to stay! Your support is needed.
 
Youlou Arts Planning Committee
Youlou Arts Planning Committee
Preparations in the yard of the centre
Preparations in the yard of the centre

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