Colorado State University - Pueblo partners with Arts Center on student sketchbook
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will partner with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center this fall to help school children discover the New Frontier through creation of an activity book, My Under Western Skies Sketchbook.
As part of the Discover the New Frontier exhibit at the Buell Children's Museum, scheduled from Sept. 8 through Nov. 3, children can walk into a western canyon and recapture the past through an exploration of western history. This hands-on experience will include learning how to pan for gold, sitting in a real tipi made by a local artist, and singing campfire songs from the Old West. Students also will be able to photograph themselves as a "wanted" western bandit, dress up as their favorite western character, or try their hand at leather tooling.
Children who visit the Buell Children's Museum on a school tour to see this exhibit also will receive a complimentary My Under Western Skies Sketchbook. The sketchbook, printed and donated by the Copy Center at CSU-Pueblo, is most appropriate for children in first through fifth grades and will enhance a child's experience while on tour at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center through a variety of creative activities. The hours of the Buell Children’s Museum are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Tours may be scheduled as early as 9 a.m.
“Sketch a campsite, plan a chuck wagon meal, journal your hopes and dreams as you picture yourself riding West,” said Donna Stinchcomb, curator of the Buell Children’s Museum. “What better way to discover our Western heritage than through the arts? We are proud to partner with CSU-Pueblo on this creative educational tool that extends the museum visit to home and school.”
The journals will have an extended life beyond the fall exhibits. The Arts Center’s annual Representing the West exhibit, as well their permanent collection of western art that is rotated for exhibit in the King Gallery, are examples of other opportunities to distribute the sketchbooks to visiting students.
“This is but another shining example of the many campus and community partnerships that make CSU-Pueblo a truly unique institution of higher learning,” said President Lesley Di Mare. “With this effort, we are encouraging creativity among Southern Colorado children, while helping the Arts Center to provide an added benefit to its visitors.”