The Blaine Arts Council presents “Art From Youth,” an exhibit featuring original works of art created by youth in the Blaine community.
Paintings, drawings, pastels, 3D art, and photography created by 49 teens from Blaine area schools will be on display March 3-28 for this juried art show.
An awards reception will be held 6 p.m., March 18 at Blaine City Hall. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded.
In addition to Art From Youth, the Blaine Arts Council hosted the Feb. 22 Children’s Art Workshop in which 35 elementary school children participated, each creating three pieces of art.
The focal point of the event had participants creating a Malaysian kite, called a wau (pronounced “wow”).
Malayasia is home to the giant wau where kite flying is considered an art form with the kites including intricate patterns that can take weeks to construct and decorate.
Normally hand-drawn and decorated with colorful paper and strands of thread, waus come in various shapes and sizes. Art workshop participants mimicked traditional Malaysian patterns when they created their wau kites.
Each of the young artists cut out and designed their own kite, striving to create a kite representative of their personality and creativity.
Children also experimented with origami, creating stars, fish, dinosaurs, and more out of thin paper.
The final project of the art workshop day was making an original backpack tag. To do that, children drew a design on a rectangular piece of Shrinky Dink and watched it shrink and harden into a piece of art they could be attached to their backpacks.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]