He’s arguably one of Tennessee’s most famous artists, and now the students at Old Center Elementary are paying homage to the legendary Red Grooms. A new exhibit features the young artists’ interpretations of Grooms’ work and life. The students also created a life-size installation where visitors can have their photograph taken with Elvis and Grooms. The display is a tribute to pictoramas, which catapulted Grooms to international status. Other displays showcase Grooms’ techniques of printmaking, relief and paper sculptures of Nashville and historical landmarks, such as Groom’s Alma Mater, Hillsboro High School! To wrap up the project, students took a field trip to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to see an exhibit of Grooms’ work.
Approximately 190 pieces of art created by children in 24 after school programs, including many in Metro Schools, is currently on exhibit at the Tennessee Art League, located at 808 Broadway. The student artwork was created through various programs including YMCA Fun Company, Martha O’Bryan Center and NAZA.
artEMBRACE is a unique art enrichment program that serves children in 140+ after school sites throughout five counties in Middle Tennessee. The organization hires local, professional artists who have prior teaching experience to go to assigned schools and teach a wide variety of art forms in both the visual and performing arts. The majority of the sessions are 4-8 weeks in the spring and fall with a few sites receiving special workshops known as “Art Bytes.” All sessions are offered free of charge.
The artEMBRACE exhibit can be viewed through Feb. 29.