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Remington gets Youth Council grant


The Frederic Remington Art Museum has been honored by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council.

The grant will fund classes for young people on four important local artists whose art is part of the museum’s collection.

This offering is a very meaningful way for students to learn from our rich collection of art by local artists, all of whom are deeply connected to the museum’s mission.

Students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to study four great art heroes who were from the north country: Charles Chapman (painter b. 1879 d. 1962), Sally James Farnham (sculptor b. 1869 d.1943), Frank Raymond Rosseel (painter b. 1857 d. 1936) and Frederic Remington (painter/sculptor b.1861 d. 1909).

The Frederic Remington Art Museum will be offering art classes based on these artists, allowing the museum to pursue its vision of exposing local school-aged students to the rich history of artists directly from the area.

This program consists of four artist-themed art classes and is being offered almost like a scholarship opportunity, having limited space. The Frederic Remington Art Museum houses original art work created by each of these extraordinary people.

Not only were these four artists from the same area and region, but their lives were intertwined in a variety of fascinating ways.

Students will visit the museum to see original artwork created by the four artists up close with the museum’s curator, explore the histories and work of these artists, and will create art work based on these extraordinary artists.

The class based on Charles Chapman will have students exploring his work based on the Grand Canyon and creating a Grand Canyon composition with collage materials.

The class about Sally James Farnham will involve each learner in model horse sculpting using clay and wire armatures.

Frank Raymond Rosseel’s class will engage attendants as we look at watercolor works based on the St. Lawrence River and other waterways. Each learner will then create a watercolor illustration using liquid watercolors and watercolor pencils.

Frederic Remington’s class will be based on his love of the west and creating western scenes based on figures represented in different size scales.

The Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council grant funds the classes, so there is no materials fee.

Classes will take place in fall 2013. Dates for the classes have not been set yet.

To sign up for the series or for more information, please call Lauren Gilmour, museum educator, at 393-2425.

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