Stu­dents view their own art at Brandy­wine River Mu­seum

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

Fourth graders from Caln El­e­men­tary School in Coatesville found in­spi­ra­tion in sub­jects from their own com­mu­nity as seen in works by artists such as Charles De­muth and Ral­ston Craw­ford who painted in Coatesville in the 1920s and ’30s fea­tured in Ru­ral Modern: Amer­i­can Art Be­yond the City. Their work is on view in Imag­ine Brandy­wine, an ex­hi­bi­tion space for the dis­play of mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary art pro­jects by area stu­dents, in­spired by the col­lec­tions and sur­round­ings of the Brandy­wine River Mu­seum of Art. Imag­ine Brandy­wine is sup­ported by the Thorn­dale-Down­ing­town Ro­tary Club.

See­ing orig­i­nal works of art is an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence that can­not be du­pli­cated in the class­room. Each year, the Brandy­wine River Mu­seum in­tro­duces more than 6,000 stu­dents to the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­it­ing an art mu­seum through its field trip pro­gram, as well as of­fer­ing work­shops for ed­u­ca­tors. The mu­seum of­fers stu­dents from pre-kin­der­garten through grade 12 the op­por­tu­nity to make con­nec­tions be­tween school learn­ing and the out­side world.

The Mu­seum’s cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion, Ru­ral Modern: Amer­i­can Art Be­yond the City, ex­plores the adap­ta­tion of modernist styles to sub­ject mat­ter as­so­ci­ated with the Amer­i­can coun­try­side. Com­prised of nearly 70 works mainly completed be­tween the world wars, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures paint­ings of coastal New England, small-town Penn­syl­va­nia, Mid­west­ern farms, and other ru­ral re­gions of the coun­try painted by artists such as Mars­den Hart­ley, Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe, Grandma Moses, and dozens more. This ex­hi­bi­tion is sup­ported by The Davenport Fam­ily Foundation and Mor­ris and Boo Stroud.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Brandy­wine Mu­seum, call 610-388-2700 or visit brandy­wine­mu­

Stu­dents from Caln El­e­men­tary visit Brandy­wine River Mu­seum of Art.

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