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The Rye Arts Center announces the 2015-2016 Famous Artists season!

Famous Artists is designed to develop visual literacy in school-age children. Founded in 1986 by Mary Gerster, it serves both public and independent schools throughout the area. Professional art educators and art historians train parent docents to deliver interactive classroom presentations that enable students to experience the wonders of artistic creation and provide tools for students to evaluate and interpret visual art.

This year Gail Harrison Roman, Ph.D. will return as the Famous Artists lecturer, along with Katharine Dufault, who will guide docents through the classroom activity.

The focus of the program this fall will be: “Pablo Picasso – The Abracadabra of Art”. Picasso was both innovator and imitator. He was an accomplished painter, sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker. Coupled with MOMA’s Fall 2015 exhibition of Picasso’s sculpture, the “Famous Artist” presentations will focus on the relationship between Picasso’s sculpture and his painting throughout his career.

Docent training sessions will consist of a professional lecture on Picasso’s life, work, and times, as well as strategies for leading a successful interactive discussion for all classroom levels. Docents will learn how to present an art project that will enhance students’ understanding of Picasso’s manipulation of forms and spatial relationships. Supplemental materials include bibliographies, a listing of local collections where Picasso’s work is on view, and a description of the Elements of Art.

Docent training sessions will take place at The Rye Arts Center (51 Milton Road) on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

In the spring the program will highlight Stuart Davis whose works will be showcased at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016.

For more about this program and to learn how your school can participate, please contact Adam Levi, Senior Director at The Rye Arts Center: [email protected] or (914) 967-0700, ext. 24.