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My First Visit to an Art Gallery

March 30, 2022 | Clara Buckley

After the children participated in displaying their own art prints at school, we decided to visit a local art gallery to view the prints of artist Ricardo Roig.

Welcome to the Gallery

Mr. Johnson: Do you recognize any of the places in the prints?

Yes. A place where I go dancing in Jersey City.

The river.

Path Station and the trains

The W Hotel.

The big city where Daddy works.

The children watched a video of the artist’s process. They noticed his dirty hands, the many paint colors, a knife to make the stencil for his prints, blue tape holding up images for inspiration at his table.

Together, we looked closely at one print, Sinatra Park Sunset. We counted the number of different colors we saw. Not just the number of colors but the number of tones within each color. We counted five tones of green.

One child noticed the bench in the print and that led us into a conversation about Mr Roig’s art being observational, not imaginary.

Linked to our interest in displaying art, we asked, “Why are all the frames white or black?” Gallery Assistant, Ms Valerie answered, “Mr Roig wants everyone to be able to imagine the print in their home, no matter what color their walls. But when someone buys a piece of his art they can choose any color for their frame.”

What a fantastic field trip! Thank you to everyone at Roig Collection for welcoming us so warmly and the parents who accompanied us.

Clara Buckley

Preschool Art Specialist; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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