Aug. 3, 2003 — Twenty-eight aspiring young artists, ranging in age from 6 to 14, presented their best work at Danica David's art gallery on Friday at the end of a six-week art instruction summer camp.
The artworks represent a collection of styles, from the basic elements of style to the more challenging perspectives of light and color. The young artists worked in watercolors, pastels, motifs and collages utilizing colored paper and ribbon. Several works depicted well-known Christiansted scenes, such as the historic Fort Christiansvaern and views from the Vegetable Market.
A panel of judges assessed the work of the young artists and awarded prizes. In the 6 to 9 division, six-year old Kiana Morris took first place. Second place went to Che Wilson, 7, and third was captured by Angelica Rogers, 7.
In the 10-14 division Brianha Grieco, 13, took first place; Zachary Rogers, 11, was awarded second place, and 14-year-old Joy Henderson took third.
All of the children received gift bags of candy, colored pens, pencils and crayons.
"A Creative Adventure 2003" is the third successful year of the program. David, a St. Croix-born artist whose vibrantly colored paintings have been called "contemporary folk art," attributes her love of children — coupled with a desire to open the world of art to children at an early age — as the motivation for her yearly summer camp.
"I love children and I love art," David said. "When I was growing up the world of art seemed to be an 'underground' world." David's exposure to art was very limited in her youth; now, as an accomplished artist, she strives to "reach out to the children of the community to get them and their parents involved in art."
The Danica Art Gallery is located on King Street in historic Christiansted directly across the street from Government House. It is a small, brightly colored space, tastefully decorated with not only David's work, but also the work of various local artists.
With artistic vision, David used the entire town of Christiansted as her classroom and was not limited by lack of space in her gallery. The scenic vistas of the town and the faces of people attending to their every day duties provided inspiration to the young artists. As part of the program, the youngsters went sightseeing with the St. Croix Safari Tours around the island and visited local artist galleries in Christiansted.
The curriculum consisted of learning the basics of line drawing, restating, emulating, developing eye-hand coordination, watercolor, pastels, collage, mixed media and still life objects composition. The students learned basic sketching techniques and exercises.
The camp was funded in part by Community Foundation and Prosser Foundation grants. In addition, Danica's Art Gallery provided three student scholarships.
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