Visser gallery features youngest artists


By Terri Weast

Kaylee DeWitt & Dr. Carol RussellArtworks created by young children are now on display in ESU’s Visser Hall.

The exhibit includes large murals, group and individual projects, as well as three-dimensional artworks created by children attending ESU’s Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE).

In early March, children from one- to five-years old worked for two mornings to fill four 4’ x 6’ canvases. Art education students assisted the young artists, helping them wash paintbrushes, hands, and some small feet.

“Last year—in Spring 2010—we had two-dimensional pieces done by the CECE students on display in this area, said Dr. Carol L. Russell, professor of early childhood/elementary teacher education.

Russell, along with her husband Fletcher L. Russell, adjunct professor of art, received funding through the Kathrine K. White Faculty Incentive Grant Program to assist in the estimated $1,000 cost of the project.

The goal of the project, Carol Russell explained, was to have the CECE children “produce authentically creative art.”

ESU undergraduate and graduate students are able to analyze children’s artwork in relation to art growth stages, in addition to simply enjoying the delightful display of children’s artwork on the walls outside their Visser Hall elementary teaching preparation classes.

Along with the murals are three glass display cases for the children’s 3D art projects. The plan is to have new artwork on display by CECE students each semester. Eventually, a virtual children’s art gallery will be available.

he artwork was dedicated to Dr. Carol Marshall (BSE’59), who served ESU for more than 30 years. She started the early childhood education program at ESU in 1970.

Terri Weast is director of publications for ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.