445 Park Ave.
Upper East Side, NY 10022
Description: The Child Mind Institute's Student Art Project is a gallery program dedicated to displaying works of art created by children in the New York City community. Four times a year CMI invites schools to prepare an exhibition for our gallery based on a theme chosen by their art teachers. CMI's resident curator works directly with schools to facilitate every aspect of the exhibition process, from providing permission slips to framing art and printing exhibition invitations. Students' final pieces are prominently displayed in the gallery and each show launches with an opening reception where students, parents, and the school community are invited to view the exhibition.
The Child Mind Institute believes the arts are critical to child development and academic success, promoting self-esteem and self-expression. Similarly, research has proven that integrating the arts into healthcare settings creates a healing environment, supports the physical, mental, and emotional health of patients, and reduces stress and anxiety.
This exhibition is the second part of the final exhibition of the year, Cityscapes. The 51-piece exhibition has been displayed in two parts, with an opening reception in December and a second reception now. The exhibition is on view until mid-February and open by appointment.
The inspiration behind the pieces in this exhibition is the sky and the city. Third grade girls created watercolor paintings of the sky at their favorite time of day, drawing from their own imagination for inspiration. For technique they studied artists who painted skies and observed how watercolors can be used to describe the drama and depth of the sky. The paintings they produced became the backdrop for the second part of the project, which focused on contour lines. The girls looked at images of the New York City skyline and noticed the features that make the city unique, including the different shapes and sizes of buildings that make up the city. Using photographs and paintings of New York for inspiration, the girls sketched their own interpretation of the skyline. Finally, they incorporated their skylines into their watercolor skies using black tempera paint and oil pastels.