Nearly 100 young art students took part in Walkers Art Club this month at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

The extracurricular art education program offers students of all ages and abilities weekly art classes to help enhance their skills and expose them to local and international artists.

During the free classes, art teachers instruct the budding artists and encourage them to express themselves through age-appropriate projects, themes and skills.

The classes and course materials are sponsored by Walkers.

The program includes six clubs – Foundation, Primary, Secondary, Teens, Cayman Brac, and Lighthouse Club for students with learning difficulties.

Due to the success of the Walkers Art Club program, a new Foundation club has been created this term for students in grades 1 to 3, organizers said.

“It has been an exciting start to the year for students in the Walkers Art Clubs. Already they have participated in activities such as print-making and life drawing, they have explored the use of positive and negative space, and have collaborated on group drawings. The year is off to an inspired start,” said National Gallery intern Jessica Ebanks.

During this term, students in the program will also explore the National Gallery’s latest exhibition “Speak to Me – Understanding the Language of Art,” as well as works from the National Art Collection, with gallery curators and educators. Among the materials and techniques that will be explored throughout the program will be watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, clay and cray-pas, and various methods in print-making.

Managing Partner of Walkers’ Cayman office, Antonia Hardy, said, “As the Walkers Art Club embarks on its 12th year, one of the most rewarding aspects of the program has been watching students grow from preschool through to high school level. This program enables children from schools throughout the island to interact and make friends whilst gaining a solid foundation in visual arts and going on to achieve great things. It truly is a program that inspires the next generation of creative thinkers.”

Places in the program are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If classes are full, students are placed on a waiting list and accepted when spaces become available.

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