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Express Creativity and Imagination through Art With Help From New Visiting Artists at The Children’s Museum

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will have two new visiting artists from which to learn. The museum is honored to introduce artists David Slonim and Israel Solomon. They serve as our Visiting Artists from June 2020 through May 2021. It is all part of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund. The program is made possible by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter. This philanthropic gift allows artists with ties to Indiana to bring the fine arts to children and families through unique, hands-on experiences at The Children’s Museum.

The first opportunity to meet and learn from the artists is Thursday, June 11, 2020 when Slonim and Solomon will be the featured guests of Let’s Chat: Art. Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for Facebook LIVE at 4:00 p.m. EDT for this virtual opportunity to be creative and expressive through art. Just have plain paper, crayons, colored pencils or markers ready to go.

When The Children’s Museum is able to safely reopen following the COVID-19 temporary closure, the Visiting Artists will be onsite regularly—sharing their time and talent with families and children. Times, dates and locations will be listed at https://www.childrensmuseum.org/visiting-artist.

Slonim will share how children's book authors/illustrators create a book. Families will gain behind the scenes secrets and create a character drawing and story idea of their own in this hands-on workshop. Professional drawing tips, basic story-telling structure, and the importance of perseverance will be emphasized in this fun, upbeat workshop. Slonim will also showcase his talent as an artist and demonstrate how he uses illustration to tell stories about the world around us. Families will be invited to practice illustration techniques as they learn from him.

"Stories shape who we are and who we become,” said Slonim. “I want to help kids to not only enjoy stories, but develop their skills to become excellent story tellers themselves. I'm excited to be able to share my love of storytelling and illustration with children and their families at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The kids will invent their own character, imagine a problem their character is facing, and decide how the character feels about it. They'll take home a work of art of their own creation, and a head full of good ideas for completing their original story.”

Solomon will feature his bold and colorful artwork. Using images of cities and neighborhoods in Indiana, families will create their own works of art to portray the diversity and beauty of the community. Solomon will also showcase his talent as an artist and demonstrate the techniques he uses with color and shape to tell stories about the world around us. Families will be invited to learn how to use color, shape and other techniques right alongside our Visiting Artist to bring their art to life. Solomon shared that he has been amazed by The Children’s Museum since he was a child, “Being selected as a Visiting Artist for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a dream come true!” he said. “I am grateful to be provided this opportunity which will allow me to share my love for creating and educating others about visual art. As an artist, it is my goal to celebrate through the use of color, shape, and the human figure. I plan to share my passion for art with the families who visit the museum. Together we will celebrate our community, and the diverse cultures within.

We will paint together, share our thoughts and express ourselves through the use of color and harmony. Together we will paint, learn and create a piece of art that represents the strength and power that lies within our children and community.”

Each artist will host public workshops several times a month through May 2021 at the museum. Aspiring young artists and those who just want to learn basic techniques, will find Slonim and Solomon teaching their craft.

“As we launch the third year of our Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist program, we are thrilled to present such talented teaching artists to help families and children with meaningful family learning through the visual arts,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We have received incredible feedback about the program regarding the interaction children and their families have with our teaching artists.”

In the future, additional dates and times for the Visiting Artist Program featuring David Slonim and Israel Solomon can be found at childrensmuseum.org/visiting-artist.

The Children’s Museum wishes to thank our inaugural visiting artist C. W. Mundy for sharing his exceptional talent with children and families throughout 2018-19 and Rita Spalding who held that position 2019-20. They each inspired hundreds of families to be more creative and express themselves through art.

The Visiting Artist Program is a project of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund with support provided by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Board of Directors would also like to thank our official partners—Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram @childrensmuseum, YouTube.