Young artists from area school districts will display their creations during Artapolooza, an annual celebration of art in education held at the Mid-Ohio ESC Conference Center.
The event, sponsored by Mid-Ohio ESC, includes an elaborate student-created art gallery, family art workshops and a reception to honor the artists. The gallery is open to the public at no charge on Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 6, from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM and on Friday, April 7, from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
On Tuesday, April 4, a family art evening features Luke Beekman, who will present Dojo Comics, a lesson in graphic art. In addition, Jennifer Pennell will show participants how to create a piece of wearable art/jewelry. Pennell returns Thursday, April 6, with a lesson in Koru Metal Tooling. The evening workshops begin at 5:30 PM. A $5 materials fee is payable in cash at the door. No registration required, and the public is welcome.
Creation Station, new this year, will be another option on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Families may select activities including Watercolor Garden inspired by Monet; Creating a Self-Portrait inspired by Norman Rockwell; and Follow the Polka Dots inspired by Asian artist Yayoi Kusama.
An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 PM to recognize the student artists. Award winners will be announced at 7:00 PM.
Area art teachers and their students have been invited to participate in a full-day workshop on Friday, April 7. The focus will be on noted artist, painter and sculptor, Frank Stella. Students will be inspired by his work and guided to create their own original artwork by nationally recognized artist, Irene Maginniss.