For six weeks every summer, a local gallery is giving students the tools they need to turn their ideas into art. Students from second to 12th grade learn skills in a wide range of art forms during Space One Eleven’s annual summer art programs. In a one-night exhibition, Birmingham will get a first look at some of Alabama’s newest artists and the work they created during this year’s camp.
Space One Eleven is a nonprofit visual arts organization and gallery in Birmingham which began its arts education program over 20 years ago. Now, the program includes summer art camps that instruct over 200 students each year in a variety of art mediums.
“I’m an Alabama Artist, too!” is the theme of the six-week camp for students from second to fifth grade. “This is our third summer doing that, and we plan to continue,” said Director of Programs Cheryl Lewis.
During the summer, the children learned about influential artists from Alabama, such as Thornton Dial, while also discovering that they themselves are Alabama artists. “They don’t just study Alabama artists, but that’s the focus,” said Lewis. “In doing that, they get to learn some of our local heritage.”
In addition to work created by the “I’m an Alabama Artist, too!” students, the exhibition will also feature art by students from sixth to 12th grade. According to Arts Education Coordinator Janna Phillips, the middle/high school program includes specialized camps for screen-printing, clay sculpture, portfolio development and fiber arts.
Artwork by SOE’s teaching artists, all of whom are currently practicing artists, will also be on display. “It will be a variety of different art forms through our teachers,” said Phillips.
The exhibition is the culmination of weeks of hard work by both students and teachers alike. The public is welcomed to come see the art on display and to find out what Alabama’s youngest artists have to offer.
Space One Eleven’s Annual Summer Student and Teaching Artist Exhibition will take place Friday, July 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. SOE’s galleries are located at 2409 Second Ave. N. For more information, visit spaceoneeleven.org.