This morning the gallery was filled with the excitement and chatter of young children as they explored the magic of the creative process. Julie Liddle led a group of ten children during her Make a Splash! art program designed for parent/child pairs. Ms. Liddle guided the children through a world of big and small fish in our oceans by reading “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry. After story time the children were off to the tables to begin creating their own big and little fishes. Through a series of small drawings and a large mural, the students were able to explore art materials including oil pastel, watercolor, and salt. These media allowed each child to learn the special effects of the wax resist process and how the absorption properties of salt can add texture to a work of art – at a preschool level, of course. Let’s not forget the parents. Each of this morning’s mommies enjoyed watching her child learn about these processes and, more importantly, interacting with their children in a creative forum.
Thank you Julie Liddle for bringing your artistic and teaching skills to the Greater Reston Arts Center and we look forward to the next few weeks of creative exploration that will fill the gallery.