Hope Outdoor Gallery – Austin, Texas
Hope Outdoor Gallery with KIDS!
Creating art is a wonderful method of self expression and gives your brain a break from the day to day thoughts. These breaks let your brain reset and refresh. Research shows
“the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are exactly the same day in, day out!”
Can you EVEN? I haven’t a clue how ‘they’ figure out that number, but an even worse number? Most of those thoughts are negative. Think about that for a second – MOST of the 95% of the thoughts people have day in and day out are negative. How very sad.
Creating art gives you a way to get out of those normal and negative thoughts and into a quiet and meditative state. Creating art trains you to concentrate on details. Paying attention to the here and now of your environment while you create is a fun and easy way to retrain your brain! A perfect example for adults are the new coloring books – quiet and peaceful relaxing art. Everyone is getting on the art creation bandwagon!
According to M. Berberian Professor for the Graduate Art Therapy Program and NYU suggests coloring has many positive benefits
“Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness”
Kids can experience stress, too, and isn’t relaxation a great tool to offer kids? Teach your kids how to handle stress now and offer them a life long tool for them to use to improve their life.
The Hope Outdoor Gallery is the ONLY park of its kind in the USA. Of course it is in Austin, Texas – the city that is proudly weird!! Located at a park at 11th and Baylor in Austin, this educational project started in March 2011 with the help of artist Shepard Fairey.
Hope Outdoor Gallery – Kids love creating
When kids are young, they love creating. Your refrigerator gets covered with art from school and home fun. But, there comes a time when kids start to question their ability. They wonder if their art is ‘good enough’ and they become hesitant to create. Once they grow up then forget about creating art.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Giving your child opportunities to create lets them express themselves without judgement. Hopefully they’ll keep that creativity into adulthood!
Hope Outdoor Gallery – Spray paint
Kids love painting and get opportunities at school but always with a paint brush. Think to yourself how often you have painted whether you are creating art or painting the bathroom – you usually use a brush. THIS art creation opportunity lets you use a spray can – a very unusual fun opportunity for kids and adults alike.
Learn something new every day. In this case you’ll learn that spray paint is hard to control. It runs if you spray it too thickly and the overspray goes everywhere. Be sure to dress the kids in their play clothes that are OK to get messy.
Hope Outdoor Gallery – Choose and plan
I let my kids each bring a friend and told them that each group could choose 2 colors of spray paint. I chose white and black paint that both groups could use.
This gave the kids the opportunity to:
Think about the pros and cons to different choice options.
Work together with a partner.
Work together as a group. In the end, they discussed sharing all four colors and not just the two their group chose.
Help at the check out. Each person got to scan a paint can. Squeeze in learning wherever you can!
Hope Outdoor Gallery – Admire other artist’s work
Art appreciation begins with accepting that ALL artwork has value – even the art that you don’t like. Art is a way to express feelings, make statements, and make people think. Walk about the gallery and look at the art others have created before you. Talk about what you like!
Encourage the kids to:
Find something they like.
Find something they don’t like.
Find something they think it really weird.
Find something that makes you wonder….
I found it really curious that even the bush got painted!
Hope Outdoor Gallery – Focus and Pride
Stand back and watch the focus on each little face while they paint. Creation requires focus and concentration. It is always a good idea to practice both at every opportunity!
Smile when they are proud of their work. It is great to take pride in your work!
Hope Outdoor Gallery – The How – To
First of all this is an ART GALLERY and NOT a public park.
You have to get permission to participate. Email for permission to paint: email@example.com You’ll need to fill out a request, sign a waiver, submit a sketch of art plan, and pick up paint passes IN PERSON (Sat and Sun 11 am – 4 pm). Artists must be 18 years old or WITH an adult.
The park hours are 9 am – 7pm. CLOSED at dark.
Second, the current location has VERY little parking. A move to a larger place with more space and more parking is in the works!
1101 Baylor Street
Austin, Texas 78703
Enjoy another example of what Austin does best – be proudly weird and unusual!
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