February 13, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – A program years in the making, Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc., and Green Cove Springs Library launch the City’s first community fine arts program.
“The Friends believe that there is unlimited, untapped and innate talent right here in Green Cove Springs and Clay County, and that this fine arts program will act as the catalyst and stir up those skills,” said Henrietta Francis, president of Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc.
The Augusta Savage Community Fine Arts Program is a series of hands-on art workshops aimed at elementary school children ages 5-12 years old. Each workshop will focus on the life and work of an influential African-American artist, and give each child the opportunity to create their own art piece using that artist’s medium.
Workshops will be held on the second Tuesday and second Saturday of every month from March through May. Saturday’s workshops will be held at the Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym, 415 Lemon Street, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday’s workshops will be held at the Green Cove Springs Library, 403 Ferris Street, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Each workshop will be taught by Barbara Cornett, director of The Augusta Savage Community Fine Arts Program. An art teacher for private and home-schooled children for over 10 years, Cornett will combine history, principles and elements of art, and hands-on practice for children to understand the influence of the artist and their work.
“What I hope through this group is that every child finds their God-given gifts and uses that to put them on the right path in the world,” said Cornett.
Cornett said that the idea for the program took root after she met Henrietta Francis at the Augusta Savage Cultural Festival in February 2018. The two met every month or every other month to discuss details of the program and make it a reality.
Francis said that a community fine arts program has been part of the community vision of Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc. for years, and the missing piece was a teacher like Cornett. Meeting Cornett was perfect timing for the rest of the pieces of the program to fall into place.
For Cornett and Francis, the program is a way to teach the public about the influence of Augusta Savage and the artists that she taught in Savage’s teaching spirit. They hope to expand the program in the future by holding a monthly workshop during the school year, focusing on a different artist and different art medium in each workshop. As the program grows, Francis wants to include music, dance, drama, and poetry as the focus of workshops in the fine arts program.
The Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc’s larger vision is to establish an Augusta Savage Art Studio in the Augusta Savage Community Center.
The program’s first workshop is being held this Saturday, February 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Green Cove Springs Library. It will focus on the life and work of Augusta Savage, including a reading by Green Cove Springs Mayor Connie Butler and District 1 Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mike Cella, followed by a clay sculpting arts and crafts session.
For those interested in signing up their children for workshops or with any additional questions can contact Barbara Cornett at .
Augusta Savage Community Fine Arts Program Dates
Discovering Jacob Lawrence: Tempera Painting (emphasis on color and shape)
Saturday, March 9 – Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym
Tuesday, March 12 – Green Cove Springs Library
Discovering Faith Ringgold: Fiber Arts/Story Quilt and Oil Pastels (texture and perspective)
Saturday, April 13 – Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym
Tuesday, April 16 – Green Cove Springs Library
Discovering Romare Bearden: Photo Collage/Mixed Media (juxtaposition and rhythm)
Saturday, May 11 – Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym
Tuesday, May 14 – Green Cove Springs Library
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