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Media Alert: Opening Reception for Student Art Exhibition

April 11, 2015


Who: Child Mind Institute

What: Opening Reception for Student Art Exhibition:What We Love to Do In, On, and Around Water: Waterscapes in Crayon and Watercolor Resist by Second Grade Students of Saint David’s School

Where: Child Mind Institute, 445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

When: Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Child Mind Institute’s Student Art Project will launch its newest exhibit on Sunday, April 12, with What We Love to Do In, On and Around Water: Waterscapes in Crayon and Watercolor Resist by the second grade students of Saint David’s School.

The second graders were asked to recall happy memories around the theme of water and to create a detailed and colorful picture depicting that memory. With their teachers, Maria Valdes and Melanie Fidler, they first viewed and discussed works around the subject of water by Hokusai, Homer, Monet, and Seurat and explored art concepts such as landscape, horizon line, overlapping, foreground, middle ground, and background. They also learned about how color can create a mood in a picture. Boys began by making small preparatory sketches to plan and refine their ideas before using crayon and watercolor to create these joyful scenes.

The Child Mind Institute Student Art Project is supported by the Doris and Melvin Sirow Art Fund. The fund honors the legacy of Doris and Melvin Sirow by ensuring that the Student Art Project continues to give schools from the New York metropolitan area the opportunity to exhibit students’ work at the Child Mind Institute.

The arts are critical to child development, academic success, and promoting self-esteem and self-expression. And research has proven that integrating the arts into healthcare settings creates a healing environment, supports the physical, mental, and emotional health of patients, and reduces stress and anxiety.

The Child Mind Institute’s headquarters also hosts a private collection on loan including contemporary and modern works by Lillian Bassman, Richmond Burton, Thomas Demand, Ellsworth Kelly, Ryan McGinness, James Nares, Linda Sirow, Kiki Smith, and Tam Van Tran.

About the Child Mind Institute ( The Child Mind Institute is the only independent nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

The Child Mind Institute Student Art Project isa gallery program dedicated to displaying works of art created by student artists. We invite schools to prepare an exhibition for our gallery based on a theme chosen by their art teachers. Student pieces are displayed prominently and each exhibition launches with an opening reception for student artists, their families, and the entire school community, hosted by the Child Mind Institute.