The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is launching two new in-gallery art education initiatives to coincide with the opening of two new exhibitions on Thursday.
The first program allows visitors to pick up art cards featuring works currently displayed in galleries. The cards are divided into two series: one explores the elements of art — line, shape, form, texture, space and color; and the other examines how these elements are used in composition — the principles of art, such as balance and emphasis. Because these cards apply the concepts directly to works in the gallery, young visitors will gain the skills not only to recognize elements and principles of art, but to apply this knowledge to reading other works of art. Visitors will be allowed to take these cards home.
The second initiative is an art education space that promotes family and literacy. In the new exhibition, “Abstractions,” which features a selection of abstracted works from the Arts and Science Center’s Permanent Collection, there will be a cozy reading area with armchairs, a coffee table, and books for all ages on abstract art.
Art education is generously sponsored by Pine Bluff National Bank.
The center, located at 701 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Support for the center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.