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Arts Day

“Everything that is painted directly and, on the spot, always has strength, a power, and a vivacity of touch one cannot recover in the studio.. .Three strokes of the brush in front of nature are worth more than two days of work at the easel.”  -Eugene Boudin

This quote from Eugene Boudin says it all.  Beyond the confines of the classroom, creativity can flourish, unlocking a host of developmental benefits in the process, stimulate brain development, benefit mental health, allows time for quiet contemplation, meditation, mindfulness of your surroundings, and improves the ability for sustained concentration - just to name a few.

Arts Day was launched in 2011 with support from the State of the Arts License Plate tags and Target Stores as one of the many ways to support arts education in our community. Each year students are invited to participate through their teachers at the five area public and private high schools: Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and The Pine School - over 600 students have been impacted!. Students are paired with a Professional Artists for a day of mentoring and learning!  Over the years, instruction has been presented in both traditional and non-traditional media categories which have included: Acrylic, Ceramics, Drawing, Oils, Pastels, Photography, Shibori & Indigo dye, Stained Glass and Watercolor.

Students begin their day with a short introduction to “Plein Air” painting and the life of being a professional artist.  This provides the students with an increased understanding of the long-standing tradition of plein air in the fine arts world.  Then small groups of students are paired with the professional artists in their selected mediums to work intensively for the rest of the day.  The end of the experience includes an evaluation of the day and a critique led by the participating artists of their colleagues works.

The program is partially funded through the State of the Arts License Plate program.  To purchase or renew your "State of the Arts" license plate, visit your local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles service center in Martin County.