National Gallery hosts Curious Catboats family day

Caleb and Dudley Hamilton with their undersea prints.

Cayman’s quaint catboats were front and center last weekend as the National Gallery welcomed families for an afternoon of activities dedicated to the little blue watercraft.

Children of all ages explored the National Gallery’s new maritime exhibitions, Upon the Seas, and Saltwater in Their Veins, created their own ocean-inspired prints, and viewed an authentic Cayman catboat, a press release states.

With the help of activity sheets and family guides, participants were able to creatively interact with the artwork as well as explore their creativity with guided art instruction led by Sarah McDougall.

Nikita and Izrael Jackson work on their prints in the studio.

According to the release, the Catboat Club’s Captain Kem Jackson and Loxley Banks made a special appearance offering up stories of seafaring and shipbuilding alongside their life-sized catboat.

“It was really special to see the kids exploring the catboat and learning from Captain Kem and Mr. Banks,” said Gallery education intern Jessica Ebanks.

“Our current exhibitions honour our maritime history and explore our changing relationship with the sea, so to see children interacting with our heritage and creating their own art based on the catboat that they have just seen was a wonderful experience for all involved.”

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