“The students have been working really hard all semester,” says Honolulu Museum of Art School outreach program coordinator Emma Hussey of the roughly 80 pupils from Queen Ka‘ahumanu Elementary School who made the half-mile trek to the Art School for free art classes every Wednesday this fall. This past weekend, they had a chance to show off their creations in the exhibition A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in the Art School’s Mezzanine Gallery. (Pictured above is a drawing by Chloe Masaitis, who is in instructor Hannah Shun’s class.)
“I’m particularly excited about some of the 3D art that I have seen in the works,” says Hussey. “There are some interesting monsters and delicious looking ice cream cones!”
Also on view over the weekend were works produced by McKinley High School students in the new Tiger Tuesdays program.
“Printmaking and jewelry,” the two focal courses of Tiger Tuesdays, “are not easy mediums to work in,” says outreach program coordinator Sam Guerrero, “especially when you do not have any prior experience. But our teachers have really helped guide them into making work they can be proud of.”
The high school students, some as young as 14, mastered the use of soldering guns, rasps, grinders, acid baths, and a handful of printmaking techniques in just four months.
“I’m impressed with our group of students,” Guerrero says. “This is an after-school program; they have no obligation to be here. Yet they come every week and are excited to work. That makes me happy. I wish I had an opportunity like this when I was in school.”
Open concurrently in the Art School’s main gallery is the Young Artist Fall 2015 Exhibition (pictured above), through Dec. 13.
Want to see more art by Honolulu’s talented youth? Right on the heels of these two shows is The Young Photographers: Work by McKinley, Radford, and Roosevelt High School students, opening Dec. 9 at the Art School.