The aim of GARNER’s “Encounters with the Arts” education program is to open the world of art to students of all ages through hands-on exploration, utilizing the vast wealth of artistic knowledge and professional expertise available at GARNER Arts Center. Whether touring art exhibitions with guest artists and curators, attending open sound checks with performing artists, or visiting working artist studios, students are encouraged to connect their creative experiences with both the aesthetic and history in and around the 19th century former mill complex that GARNER calls home. 

GARNER relaunched its “Encounters with the Arts” program in January, 2016 with an “Open Studio” Program, opening its doors throughout the month of January to welcome every 4th grade student from the North Rockland Central School District to tour the complex and visit working artist studios. Activities scheduled for the students include: making oil paints from pigments, spatial perception demonstrations, jewelry making, photography, brick sculpture design, animation exhibitions and more. This series of workshops and studio tours represent GARNER Arts Center’s ambition to reinstate and re-imagine its “Encounters with the Arts” program, an arts education initiative that ran extensively prior to the destruction of GARNER Arts Center’s main gallery space during Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Teachers and school administrators interested in bringing GARNER’s “Encounters with the Arts” program into your school should contact GARNER Arts Center at info@garnerartscenter.org

Film by Vitale Productions.