The Nave’s weekend kids art classes still has available spots

The Nave museum will host weekend art classes for kids on Saturday's, as they learn how to paint or draw, hoping to influence future artists and humanitarians.

VICTORIA, Texas – On Saturday’s, at 10:00 a.m., the Nave Art Museum will host art classes for kids.

Right now they are exhibiting drawings by J.Howard, who is a local Texan, and lives 2 hours away from Victoria.

She is naturally gifted and has never been to art school at all. Howard is actually a mental health physician.

“I haven’t had any formal training at all. I’ve just always been able to draw. I was always that kid that mom and dad were keeping quiet in church by giving me a pen or pencil and a bulletin, so that I could doodle. I’ve always drawn, it’s a gift that God gave me. Now I will tell you that I have made a living doing it,” Howard said.

She expressed that her hyper-realism pieces were influenced by a trend that started in the 1970’s, where hyper-realism was a style that followed from photo-realism.

The goal was to represent the image of what a camera would capture, without actually using a camera.

“Hyper-realism is from the `970’s and it was a style that followed from photo-realism. I was always intrigued with it, from the standpoint that the goal is for the artist to represent what the camera lens sees, not what a human eye sees. Because a camera always sees more than what the natural eye sees,” Howard shared.

Claire Santellana, who lives in Calhoun county is an education coordinator and teaches these weekend kids art classes at the Nave.

She will pick an art medium that is specifically geared towards kids and with the pandemic, she feels these types of activities for them is even more crucial.

“I think that art can be a way to express yourself and it is just a stressful time for everyone. Including the kids, they see us stressed out, the adults and they know that it’s a pandemic. They know that their childhood is different than other childhoods before, and I think that it’s a really healthy way for them to express themselves through art,” Santellana said.

The kids art classes are free, if you to register your kids, call 361-575-8228. The Nave museum hosts these weekend art classes on Saturday’s, while practicing social distancing and all COVID-19 precautions.

For more information about the Nave Museum, click here: Home | navemuseum

To learn more about J. Howard’s artwork, follow this link: ORGANIC PASTELS – Home

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