Clayton Students’ Artwork Displayed at Denver Art Museum
The children of Clayton Early Learning have thier artistic abilities showcased in the same building as revered greats of the art world.
Through Nov. 16, the Denver Art Museum is showcasing works of over 75 Clayton students on the lower level of the museum’s North Building at 100 14th Ave. Pkwy.
The students of the Clayton Early Learning School in Far Northeast Denver were invited to participate in the showcase, along with children from Kids’ Castle and Children’s Haven. Admission to the showcase is free, and there will be a special reception for the children’s families on Nov. 7 that will include art activities.
The young artists from Clayton range in age from infants to 5 years old. They let their imagination run free and were able to explore processes and a variety of materials to create their artwork. Media and techniques used include watercolors, finger paints, pencils, marbling with paint, and foam mixtures with watercolor.
“With opportunity and encouragement to draw, paint, sculpt, sing, dance, make music and engage in drama, the arts provide pathways to self discovery, and self expression from a young age,” said Trishia Pollard, director of the Far Northeast school.
Pollard explains that partaking in art creation from an early age has additional benefits to children, including: mastery of moving an object with control, benefiting pre-writing skill development; noticing details in the environment including similarities and differences, benefiting scientific observations; and sharing their work with a variety of audiences, benefiting social-emotional development.
“We are so grateful to the Denver Art Museum for inviting our students to participate in this showcase,” said Charlotte Brantley, president and CEO of Clayton Early Learning. “In many ways, art is the first language of children. They have so much fun creating it, and it encompasses many skills and emotions, so it’s exciting for the children and their families to see that validated through this showcase.”
Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley can be reached directly at 303.398.8578 or cbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org.
About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives – classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders, and effective policy advocacy – to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities. Visit www.claytonearlylearning.org for more information.