Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, performing arts, crafts and creative writing. The year-round National Fine Arts Arts, Digital Arts, and Image Makers programs encourage artistic expression through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, film-making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.
National Fine Arts
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. Using the interactive National Fine Arts Program Guide, staff can guide youth through the various art projects with step-by-step instructions and instructional videos. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed throughout the ensuing year at Boys & Girls Club of America events, including the annual National Conference.
Digital Arts Festival
Club Tech’s Digital Arts Suite teaches members ages 6 to 18 how to create computer-generated art. The festivals showcase members' digitally created masterpieces. In each of the five tutorials (Web Tech, Design Tech, Photo Tech, Music Tech and Movie Tech), members advance through three levels of animated lessons and participate in instructor-led group activities. Club members ages 10 to 18 are invited to submit their artwork to the annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals, which celebrate Club members' creativity in graphic design, photo illustration, digital music composition animation and video production.
Image Makers National Photography Program
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Program Resource Guide is full of fun, creative activity ideas for three skill levels, contains a brief, user-friendly guide for advisors and details information about the annual photography contest that provides local, regional and national recognition. Club members’ photographs selected at the contest’s national level are exhibited at the Boys & Girls Club of America's National Conference and other events. Each winning artist’s work is featured in a virtual gallery on the ImageMakers Web site. The site also features resources, tools and fun, interactive activities designed to enhance Club members’ experience with photography.
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