Young Artists Show Off Their Work At Museum Gallery Opening
DuPage Children's Museum opens new Good Show! Gallery featuring artwork from 108 local students.
Last updated 2/20/2023 at 9:58pm
On Friday, November 11, DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) opened a new Good Show! Gallery featuring the artwork of five, second grade classrooms from Steeple Run Elementary School in Naperville. 108 students worked with DCM's Arts & Maker Specialist Dustin Thacker and local artist, Benjamin Calvert, to create their very own print. More than 125 children and adults attended the opening night ribbon cutting where the young artists were eager to show off their creations.
"Working through the Printmaking process offered students the opportunity to express their creativity in new and exciting ways," explained Thacker. "Given the chance to work with a professional artist, students are able to broaden their artistic horizons, see themselves as artists, and celebrate the joy of creating."
The children worked through a multi-step process to create their art. First they drew a design on a piece of cardboard, then traced the drawing in glue, and applied a piece of string in the shape of the design - creating a printing block. Next they applied ink to the string on the printing block using a roller and placed paper on top of the inked printing block and pressed down evenly. Voilà! The first print, an artist's proof, was revealed!
Having grown up in Naperville, Calvert jumped on the opportunity to share his passion for printmaking with families as the Artist-in-Residence at DuPage Children's Museum. He has always been "keen to help others and share his knowledge." Calvert has taught classes at the Elmhurst Art Museum and was hired as an instructor at the DuPage Art League.
Displays of children's artistic expression are often limited to the family refrigerator. Imagine, as a child, having your artwork hanging in a real art gallery! It doesn't happen every day, except for the artists whose work appears in the Museum's Good Show! Gallery. DCM's Good Show! Gallery programming offers unique opportunities for area students, their families, and Museum staff to investigate the impact art creation has on critical thinking and skill development. Targeting Title 1 schools, the Museum's Arts & Maker Specialist works closely with school administrators and teachers to develop art projects that support art, math, science, and literacy curriculum.
Everything the Museum does is framed through the lens of relationships, play, and joyful learning. The Good Show! Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and DCM is able to offer extraordinarily learning experiences through community philanthropic support. To support unique learning opportunities at DuPage Children's Museum, please visit: dupagechildrens.org/give/.