Bakersfield in Art Exhibit

February 26, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,
Bakersfield Art Exhibit

The California State University, Bakersfield Children's Art Institute, in partnership with Reagan Elementary School, will present "Ruckus Bakersfield," a children's art exhibit. The multi-media artwork will be displayed Feb. 29-March 4 in the Homewood Suites Hotel lobby, 1505 Mill Rock Way. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

"This project involves Reagan Elementary students in grades 3-6 who were taught art lessons by CSUB art education students," said Dianne Turner, professor of education at CSUB. "The lessons were based on the pop art of Red Grooms who is best known for his 'Sculpto-Pictoramas' of U.S. cities. The younger students created their own artwork featuring landmarks of Bakersfield."

"Ruckus Bakersfield" is the product of an ongoing collaboration between Reagan Elementary School and CSUB. Developed as a way to bring visual arts into the classroom, the innovative program brings subjects like social studies to life for young learners. The art lessons are being taught in 30 classrooms at Reagan Elementary all year long.

"Art can really make classroom subjects come to life," Turner explained. "For example, students were recently studying Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. By learning some artistic techniques and crafts they were much more engaged. It's a win-win. Our students get teaching experience and the elementary school students get art education. The program is really unique and has been very successful."

The CSUB Children's Art Institute serves as a primary public opportunity for offering academic year and summer education in the visual arts. Dedicated to exploring various media, art and history themes, CAI strives to educate and support the enhancement of children's art in schools.

For additional information, please contact Turner at (661) 654-2422.