Students view their own art at Brandywine River Museum
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 brandywinemuseum.org.
Students from Caln Elementary visit Brandywine River Museum of Art.