Resurrection School Students Show Peace-Inspired Art

A dove rendered in marker by Resurrection School student Amy Lin

Professional artists say it all the time–they’ve been artists since birth, since they first discovered crayons, since an art teacher taught them words like contrapposto and tenebrism.

See the work of 40 budding artists from Resurrection School, a private Catholic elementary school in Downtown Jersey City, in a new exhibit opening at Newport Centre mall.

After receiving a grant from Provident Bank, principal Sister Eleanor Uhl enrolled 40 students ages 9 to 12 in Young Rembrandts, a art enrichment program that aims to help children develop focus, order, internal discipline and sequencing abilities.

Uhl encouraged the students to create artwork reflecting peace through virtues, such as joyfulness, kindness, trust and wisdom–an appropriate subject, as Resurrection’s motto is “A Peaceable School.”

The North Jersey branch of the program was started by Carol Waldman in April 2011 and teaches kids at nine locations in JC including various private, public and charter schools. Most sessions are offered for 10 weeks per semester.

“Young Rembrandts focuses on teaching children to draw using demonstration and a structured step-by-step process (which) gives young students instruction on how to draw increasingly complex images at a crucial time in their development,” says Waldman.

“Art teaches children the value of creativity and diversity of outcome in a way few other disciplines can,” she says, adding that the critical cognitive skills her students develop help them perform better in math and science classes.

The kids’ work, including the dove picture by Amy Lin (seen at top), will be on display through the end of July in a section of the light rail corridor between Macy’s and Kohl’s. Newport Centre will hold a contest during the exhibit, with visitors being able to vote up to five times per month for their favorite of the 40 pieces by text through the Simon Mobile Shopper Club.

The opening of the show will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 9:15 am at Newport Centre, 30 Mall Drive W.

Photo courtesy of Carol Waldman

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.