Students at Buffalo Arts Studio's Project Create art education program
Buffalo Arts Studio’s education department, Project CREATE, has been offering art classes to both youths and adults for over a decade. In that time the program has evolved to include special projects and workshops that provide unique opportunities to individuals with an interest in the arts. While the program in its entirety has served the community well by way of providing a venue for personal and professional artistic development, of particular interest are the efforts put forth in engaging the youth demographic of Buffalo and the surrounding areas through their Jump Start program.
In general, the student body of Project CREATE’s youth module includes the general public (ranging from ages 8 -18 yrs) and Jump Start students (ranging from ages 11 – 18 yrs). In either instance, BAS teaches “students how to develop skills and work habits enabling them to pursue a college degree, a career in the arts and enhance their artistic ability”.
However, what makes the Jump Start program so appealing is that students are afforded opportunities for art to serve not only as an outlet but also as a springboard for defining moments as early as junior high.
By reaching out to local and state resources BAS has recently been able to expand their Jump Start Program and now includes:
- Three intensive 6 week art courses throughout the year
- Development days to encourage self-esteem & build relationships via art related experiences
- Assistance with summer placement in camps or work in the visual arts
- Pairing students with mentors
- Providing unique opportunities to work with professional artists
- Financial assistance for art supplies when enrolled in college
What’s more, beyond the typical course offerings like drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, illustration and printmaking that are accessible to all students the Jump Start facet is making concerted efforts to cultivate empowering and life affirming changes in their students. By exposing teens to field specific aspects of the art world typically relegated to adult artists (such as building and presenting the various components of an artist portfolio) Jump Start students have an advantage over their lesser trained peers.
By way of reaching, motivating and teaching, the ultimate goal of Project Create’s Jump Start Program is to ensure that “…Buffalo’s less-advantaged students, aspire to break the cycle of poverty, by helping them receive a (four year) college degree…”.
On the whole, not only is Buffalo Art Studio’s art education program producing in its students better artists but it is also making them better people.
BAS is, without question, one of the Queen Cities best kept secrets.
For more information on this program contact:
Jayne Hughes, Art Education Coordinator at 716.833.4450 ext. 11 / email@example.com
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