Are you juggling remote learning? Why not pull the children away from the screen and bring them in to see The Shadow Land: Cape Dorset Prints from the Bacardi Collection. The exhibition focuses on prints produced by the first generation of full time artists based at Cape Dorset, in Canada’s Arctic territories, which is widely considered to be the epicentre of contemporary Inuit art.
We have produced a new BNG Kids activity book to accompany the exhibition to encourage children, age 11 to 14, to explore the artworks on display and experiment with print making. Stuck in quarantine? You can tour the exhibition online and download a free copy of the activity pack to print off at home.
Click here to download the BNG Kids activity book.
This summer, over 60 students attended the BNG Art + Tech summer camp programme. Under the direction of new Education Officer Rehana Packwood, students aged 11 to 14 explored a range of digital art making techniques, from animation and photography to digital painting and collage.
Each armed with an Apple pencil and iPad, students worked from a newly opened pop satellite education space across the road from Bermuda National Gallery, generously supported by Washington Properties.
We have brought together a selection of student works created over the course of the summer in an online exhibition which will run though to the end of September.
Digital art making was a new to most of the students who attended the Art + Tech summer camp. The programme, which ran over the course of the summer, was divided in a series of different modules which allowed the children to focus on a specific area of interest. These included digital art fundamentals, animation, photo editing & collage and digital painting.
Recognizing the importance of art education in developing critical thinking skills, confidence and teamwork, Bermuda National Gallery with the generous support of Centennial Bermuda Foundation are offering 35 full bursaries for public school students with financial need to attend the BNG Art & Tech summer camp. To ensure that as many students as possible have access to the course, registration is limited to one week per student.
The programme will run in July and August and will focus on digital art making techniques for students age 11 to 14 under the direction of our new Education Officer Rehana Packwood. The camp will take 10 students per week who will be based between the gallery and a pop-up BNG Education Satellite Space in Washington Mall generously supported by Washington Properties. Each student will be assigned an iPad and Apple Pencil to work with.
Students can choose from a variety of modules, which will be explored further in a digital art after school programme starting in September.
Digital Art Fundamentals (July 5-9): This week will teach students how to use effects in digital art programmes to create 2D graphics and introduce digital illustration techniques.
Photo Editing & Collage (July 12-16, August 9-13): Using photography and photo editing techniques, this week will introduce students to digital collage and photobashing.
Animation (July 19-23, August 2-6 and 16-20): Students will learn the principles of animation and apply those to making short 2D animations.
Digital Painting: Landscapes (August 23-27): Inspired by BNG’s current exhibition Illusion & Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape, students will learn colour theory and perspective as well as digital painting techniques in order to create landscape paintings of their own.
Thirty-five full bursaries are available for public school students which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The cost of the camp for those who are not eligible for the scholarship is $250, and a BNG Family Membership ($75) is required for registration.
Looking to entertain the kids over the mid-term break? The Bermuda National Gallery will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Entry is free for children and students. We have three engaging exhibitions currently on display and we have designed a series of children’s activity booklets to encourage them explore each one.
Let Me Tell You Something: 2020 Bermuda Biennial Sponsored by Bacardi Limited, the Bermuda Biennial provides a critical platform for the island’s contemporary art community. Engage children with the work of local artists, including the vibrant colours and bold patterns of Interactions Bermuda by emerging artist Gherdai Hassell which covers an entire wall of the Young Gallery.
What’s Poppin’! Pop Art And Its Influence Presenting works from Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein to Banksy and Kaws, What’s Poppin’ explores the role of the Pop Art movement and the ways in which the Pop Art Philosophy and process continues to influence 21st century artists and culture. Works include references to pop culture icons such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse which provide a familiar entry point for children.
Land & Sea: Fragile Treasures The local landscape has been a source of inspiration to many artists. Bring children in to discover the work of American Impressionists who flocked here at the turn of the century to capture Bermuda’s special quality of light and the region’s natural beauty. Encourage them to identify the locations and marvel at how little changed.
You can pick up the free children’s activity booklets at the front desk. Every child who completes an activity book will win a BNG wristband.
Tours of the gallery and all current exhibitions can be organised, free of charge, for small groups. Please call ahead to book.
Can’t make it to the gallery? The children’s activity packs can also be downloaded (free) via the exhibition pages for those who wish to explore the gallery online.
Are you homeschooling children? Please join us at2pm on October 22nd for Read For The Record with Bermuda’s best selling children’s author Elizabeth Mulderig.
Every year, over two million children and adults come together for Read For The Record, a global movement in which everyone reads the same book on the same day. The event, which was established 15 years ago, is the world’s largest shared reading experience and aims to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy.
Pleasejoin us at the Bermuda National Gallery at 2pm on Thursday October 22nd to hear Elizabeth Mulderig, author and illustrator of the best-selling Tiny the Tree Frog seriesread this year’s title Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina, a story about friendship and connection times at children from Early Years to P3.
This a free event. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Click here to sign up today.
Elizabeth will also be reading from her book Bum Bum Bananas: Oh! Do Mind Your Manners, a story about a naughty cat who has lost her manners.
Bermuda’s participation in Read For The Record, organised by the Bermuda Youth Library, stands at 673 students and 17 schools. We invite all children who are homeschooled to join us at the Bermuda National Gallery to help break the record and celebrate the joy of literature.
The BNG offers a variety of education programmes in conjunction with current exhibitions for learners of all ages. If you are homeschooling children, please contact email@example.com for more information on our educational resources and free art tours.
As Bermuda’s public schools set to reopen tomorrow after a historic 6 month closure enforced by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of Hurricane Paulette, we look back at some of the artworks produced in the Bermuda National Gallery 2020 Art + Tech Summer Camp Programme.
Students explored a variety of art making skills – from traditional techniques such as drawing, sculpture, printmaking and textiles to digital technologies such as stop motion animation and digital drawing, often fusing the two together.
The Bermuda National Gallery runs a variety of education programmes in conjunction with current exhibitions for learners of all ages. Click here for further information.
Registration is now open for the fall semester of the Bermuda National Gallery Youth Arts Council. Starting October 10th, students will meet in the gallery every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm for a dynamic programme led by artist and educator Sarai Hines.
The BNG Youth Arts Council explores the topics of the day through the lens of art and art-making. Students engage in discussions with their peers, meet artists and makers, create artwork and learn to creatively problem solve.
The free programme, which is aimed at students aged 13-17, provides opportunities for creative and independent thinking by engaging with the arts and culture of today.
Following a successful digital programme in the spring in which students explored the work of Dr Edwin M.E. Smith and Michael Walsh, the artworks in the 2020 Bermuda Biennial will continue to serve as a starting point for their projects.
Registration is free. Spaces are limited. Click here to register today.
Bermuda National Gallery education initiatives are designed to provide opportunities for creative and independent thinking through an exchange of ideas and art education. Alongside technical skills, students develop art appreciation, critical thinking skills and creative problem solving.
Two former BNG education students were recently awarded Bermuda Arts CouncilStudent Grant Awards. $10,000 went to Photini-Dawn Ingham, a former Berkeley Institute student now in the second year of a Diploma in Photography at Durham College of Applied Arts & Technology in Canada. She credits the Bermuda National Gallery Art + Tech programme as cementing her love of photography and opening her eyes to the possibilities of a career behind the camera.
Fellow BNG student Sabriyya Harvey, who was awarded $5,000 by the Bermuda Arts Council, recently returned to Canada to complete the final year of a BFA in Visual Arts at Mount Allison University. The mixed media artist, who achieved the Dean’s List in 2019, is a former Warwick Academy student and member of the Bermuda National Gallery Youth Arts Council.
We caught up with Photini-Dawn and Sabriyya as they return to their studies in Canada, to discuss what winning a Bermuda Arts Council Student Grant Award means to them and how the support of the BNGeducation programmes encouraged them both to pursue a career in the arts.
Student Grant Award: $10,000
Diploma Photography, Durham College of Applied Arts & Technology
BNG: Congratulations on winning the Bermuda Arts Council student grant award. What does it mean to you?
PDI: This bursary has given me the opportunity to go back to college and finish my studies. Without this grant I would have not been able to return to school this upcoming semester so this is a great blessing. With, this I am able to complete my studies and move forward in growing and moving on into fashion and portrait photography.
BNG: You are going into the final year of a Diploma in Photography. What do you hope to gain from the course?
PDI: Durham College has many opportunities for students to grow and to work on their business which prepares you for the working world in this competitive field. I look forward to gaining the knowledge and experience I need to become a successful photographer.
BNG: You told the Arts Council that you were given your first camera at the age of 4. Who gave it to you?
PDI: My uncle gave me my first camera and several other ones after that. He is a lover of photography. He was always wanting me to try new things and photography was one of those that stuck with me. I loved knowing that I could capture the beauty I saw with a click of a button.
BNG:What are your earliest memories of taking photographs?
PDI: My fondest and earliest memories are ones of me and my camera just venturing around my neighbourhood in my own world, capturing the world around me. With all the trees and water surrounding me, I was eager to capture it all.
BNG: You credit the Bermuda National Gallery’s Youth, Camera, Action programme (now the Art + Tech Summer Camp) as your first step into photography. What was your experience of it?
PDI: I loved the Bermuda National Gallery’s photography programme. It was my first step into diving deeper into photography and it gave me the courage to pursue it further. At first photography was simply something fun to do by myself but the feedback I received on the course made me realise that I could actually make something out of what I loved to do.
It gave me my first look into a side of photography that I had not touched yet. It gave me a broader view of the art world and photography. To have fellow photographers and creatives around me gave me a safe space to know that I could be successful in the arts.
BNG: You went on to intern with Nhuri Bashir, co-founder of Burnt House Productions, as well as Pink Sand Entertainment. How did this work experience help you to develop as a photographer?
PDI: Both of these gave me my first experience into the working world of photography. Nhuri taught me technical basics of photography that I built on with practice and later used when I joined Pink Sand Entertainment. Being responsible for capturing those priceless moments at events for Pink Sand developed my skills as a photographer and allowed me to put into practice all that I was learning with Nhuri.
BNG: What advice do you have for young people interested in pursuing photography?
PDI: I would tell young people to not stray away from your passion. A career in photography and the arts will not be the easiest path but push for your dream no matter what people may say. If you work hard enough you will make it. Trust your talents!
BNG: What is next?
PDI: After my diploma, I plan on taking a course in videography in England. I have enjoyed the semester I spent on videography and would like to expand my skill set. I love the idea of videography. It is essentially moving photographs. Being able to capture beauty in different ways has always fascinated me.
Student Grant Award: $5,000
BFA Visual Arts, Mount Allison University, Canada
BNG: Congratulations on winning the Bermuda Arts Council student grant award. What does the award mean to you?
SH: I am so thankful for the opportunity that the Bermuda Arts Council Grant has given me. Covid-19 has been an unpredictable obstacle in my education. The security of knowing that I have this support is something that I will forever be grateful for.
BNG: You are currently completing a BFA in Visual Arts at Mount Allison University. What do you hope to gain from the course?
SH: I am now in the final year of my BFA, which is structured to encourage the formation of my own practice. Most of this year will spent in our individual studios working through ideas. Currently, I am interested in exploring my identity through the deconstruction, abstraction, and reconstruction of African or traditional cultural methods of making in both Bermuda and the Caribbean.
I aim to create work about the dichotomy of my identity to attempt to understand it through the origin of culture, tradition, and language. Through my practice I hope to immortalise narratives and draw connections between our cultural past and present.
BNG: You told the Arts Council that art education is an important component in early childhood development. In what ways do you believe this to be true?
SH: I have come to understand through my work in education, both in Bermuda and Canada, how art can aid different areas of learning for all ages, especially young children.
For very young children, drawing helps with writing and the ability to tune fine motor skills in order to form the shapes for letters. Art education can be an essential interdisciplinary tool that can act as a way of reinforcing academics in other courses through visual learning; encourage creativity and excitement; allow for the opportunity to develop closer looking skills; improve language development and create spaces for cultural learning and understanding as well as public outreach.
BNG: Was this true for you in your own childhood?
SH: The most memorable moments of my early childhood are those times that I was encouraged to create. As I have grown older, I have come to realise that I am still a visual learner and I use this knowledge in my other academic classes.
BNG: You were a member of the 2014 Bermuda National Gallery Youth Arts Council. What was the experience like for you?
SH: It was a memorable experience for me. It was one of the first times where I felt like I had a voice and authority; where my ideas were considered and sometimes even implemented. The experience helped prepare me for leadership positions at Warwick Academy and was developmental in the way that I now consider the responsibility of teamwork.
BNG: Did your involvement in the Youth Arts Council programme encourage you to pursue a career in the arts? In what ways did it influence this decision?
SH: It allowed me to look at the gallery and its programming in a very different way. Being involved in the background of curating an event was an experience that has made me appreciate the hard work and hours behind all the shows that I visit. As a result, I applied to work as an educational assistant at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville and I am considering a future in gallery education as an option.
It encouraged me to eventually hope to curate my own show as well as validate my art practice at a time when I was making decisions about my future career.
BNG: You intend to work as an art educator. In what ways did your experience both of art education at school and in the BNG Youth Arts Council programme encourage you to pursue this path?
SH: I have realized that my times in class were most enjoyable when I felt like I was learning about something that I was interested in. In the Youth Arts Council, this was manifested through brainstorming ideas with my peers who had similar interests as me. In class, this was through catering to my own creativity with each project. This realisation encouraged me to want to become an educator who caters to the children’s interests.
I consider art education as a way that I can incorporate interdisciplinary connections while keeping the foundations of form, subject and shape. The ways that I can take a class are endless and I’d like to think that I can leave some of those ideas and choices to the individual student so that they can enjoy the experience, whether they share the same interests or not.
BNG: You have worked as art specialist and camp councillor for the Bermuda government summer camp programme for several years. In what ways has this experience cemented your wish to work as an art educator?
Working with my mentors in the summer day camp programme has been a really affirming experience. The programme is a great opportunity for aspiring teachers to experience training in both lesson planning and delivering lessons, as well as the responsibility and difficulty of the profession. Over the past four years I have gained a lot of great friends and crucial experience. Most of all it has taught me how fun art education is.
BNG: What is next after your BFA?
SH: After I graduate in May, I plan to start my Bachelor of Education and remain in Canada. I don’t know exactly where that will take me at the moment and I’ve promised to keep myself open to all of the opportunities that are presented to me. However, I do know that I will continue my practice and further work in painting and sculpture.
The Bermuda National Gallery Youth Arts Council returns next month. This is a free programme aimed at students aged 13-17. Click here to register.
The students in the Bermuda National Gallery Art + Tech Summer Camp have been exploring a wide range of art making processes under the direction of education officer Louisa Bermingham.
Using the exhibitions on display as a starting point for their projects, the students have been focusing on a variety of art making skills – from traditional techniques such as drawing, sculpture, printmaking and textiles to digital technologies such as stop motion animation and digital drawing, often fusing the two together.
What’s Poppin’! Pop Art and Its Influence, currently on display in the Watlington Gallery, provided an introduction to the process of screen printing. Students created their own prints inspired by Lifesavers from Andy Warhol‘s iconic Ads Portfolio, reflecting his fascination with American advertising, consumerism and commercialism.
Gherdai Hassell‘s Interactions Bermuda, currently on display in the Young Gallery as part of Let Me Tell You Something the 2020 Bermuda Biennial, served as a reference point for collage from which students created their own large scale mixed media portraits.
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