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Last week Crystal Bridges hosted our first public Symposium, focused on State of the Art and the artist’s relationship to his or her environment. (Watch this space for upcoming posts about those interesting artist/audience discussions.) On the Saturday of the Symposium, the Museum also offered a teen drawing class directed by State of the Art artist Monica Aissa Martinez.

When we asked the participating artists if they would be interested in leading a public program of some sort, our education team was overwhelmed at how many of them said yes. More than 60 of the artists in the exhibition have returned to Crystal Bridges to interact with our guests in some fashion:  art talk, lecture, performance, demonstration, or workshop.  Of particular interest to the education team was how many of these artists asked specifically to work with teens.  Martinez was one of these.

Her three-hour workshop:  Drawing your Body’s Anatomy, sold out quickly.  We were delighted to see that after she returned home, Martinez documented her experience with Crystal Bridges’ teen guests in her own blog.  We didn’t think we could say it any better than she did, so we invite our blog followers to read Monica’s entry–and enjoy the photographs of some of the phenomenal work her students produced–for yourselves!

Watch our calendar for more great upcoming programs with State of the Art artists in the months ahead!

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