Castles, Cars and Clowns: A Celebration Of Children’s Art

“Please join us in welcoming the many community families on Thursday, December 6, for Marijke Simon's Children's Art Reception at The Craig Gallery! This show will feature over 200 pieces by the youth participating in this Fall's classes taught by Marijke Simons. We are thrilled to show the colourfully joyful work by our City's


‘Children’s Art is a spacious, large and encompassing term. In the class setting, it is good practice as a teacher to start with the student, recognize their developmental stage, introduce new techniques and always engage their imagination. Primary colours may waltz together to form new colours, shadows can be observed spilling over an object like a waterfall, simple shapes band together into complex structures and illusions of vast space transform thin sheets of paper. It is limitless and in the end, all that is taught in a child’s art class should be at the service of the student’s artistic imagination.

The art works on display come mostly from an 8 week period of art classes held in Dartmouth, at Marijke’s Art Class this fall. This show represents the efforts of 5-14 year old students using various media. Pencils, tempera paint, oil and chalk pastel, watercolour, India ink, markers, plasticine, collage, printmaking and the favourite of the younger crowd, junk art.

Marijke’s Art Class has been in operation in Downtown Dartmouth since 1989. Besides running art classes in her studio, the teacher, Marijke Simons, has had a varied career, as an art teacher with the Halifax School Board, as a visiting artist in the schools with various programs, painting murals at John McNeil, Sir Charles Tupper and Harbourview Elementary School and most recently writing and illustrating children’s books.’”

WHEN: Opening Reception Thursday, December 6, 5-7pm
The exhibit will run through Sunday, January 6, 2019

WHERE: The Craig Gallery, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth