The Hummingbird Cottage Art Gallery which opened in the center of Hope Town on January 5 is rapidly becoming a well-known hub for both local and foreign artists. One of its premises is to foster art education in the young and old and to this end the first ‘Kid’s Art Workshop’ was held at the Centre during the school mid-term break.
Classes were held from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm on February 22 and 23 and catered to children between the wide age range of 2 -17 years. The workshop was the brainchild of Erika Fest who was assisted in its organization by the Art Centre manger, Robbie Bethel.
The children were instructed in three separate groups, 2-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8 and above. The instructor was Joli Feszt who is a resident of Hope Town. Ms. Feszt studied art in England and taught art for many years at Queen’s College in Nassau. “There is a very good group of artists in Hope Town, both resident and visiting, so it is an ideal environment for the kids to get interested in art,” she stated.
During the first session the younger children were painting scenes of Hope Town with its colourful homes, palm trees and flowers. The youngest little boy who had been very hesitant to try anything at first soon got into the flow and by the end of the session was thoroughly enjoying creating his masterpiece.
At the close of the session all of the children proudly placed their works of art at the side of the room to dry below the works of the masters hanging on the walls which one day they themselves may be emulating.
Six year old Dawson Thompson said that she wanted to come to the class because; “I really love art” and six year old Meredith Knowles already had a head start because she says, “My daddy teaches me at home.”
The older students were creating a still life picture of a beautiful red hibiscus and its leaves with Ms. Feszt helping them to discern carefully the shapes of each petal and the intricacies of the leaves. Some very nice pieces were materializing by the time I left.
The workshop was visited by Christy Young, owner of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Gallery. Ms. Young is herself an artist and is delighted to see the gallery being used not only as a place where people can view art but also where young people can become inspired to become artists of the future.