Art programs intended to inspire creative youngsters

Organized to coincide with the festive season, museums and institutions throughout Athens are organizing original educational programs for children. One of the highlights is a program designed by the Pompidou Center in Paris and staged at the Athens Concert Hall. Addressed to children between the ages of 5 and 14, the program familiarizes youngsters with the work of Picasso and Matisse by encouraging them to paint and draw, as well as deconstruct and reconstruct, the compositions in the paintings of the two artists. Instructors especially trained for the program will teach children to appreciate color, shape, form, shadows and lines. The program is an hour-and-a-half long and includes four groups of 15 children each for every session. Participation is filled through January 4. The program will last until January 14. Another project geared to children’s art education is brought to Greece by the Unilever International Schools Art Project in collaboration with London’s Tate Gallery. The project invites secondary schools in Greece to participate. The pupils of each school are asked to produce a painting, drawing or sculpture inspired by a selected work of a contemporary or modern artist represented at the Tate Gallery. The work chosen for this year’s project is a sculpture by British artist Rachel Whiteread. Students can then enter an international competition. The winners from all participating countries will have their works exhibited at the Tate at the end of March. For info contact Solid Relations at 210.817.2263.