From Periwinkle to Picasso: Exploring Art+Artists

This past semester, we introduced our first art class for younger ‘Picassos,’ ages 8-13. It was an immediate hit and we had to quickly add a second class. Students had a great time exploring different artists and mediums while creating their own works of art in an encouraging setting.


“Picassos” is a 12 week class introducing the young artist to difficult concepts in a simple way. Many art mediums are taught at the introductory level for kids to be able to understand and implement. This semester we will focus on a study of famous artists and their style. We will work to recreate that style in our own unique way. Students from last semester will enjoy a more in-depth study of artists they have already covered, while learning about several more.



The following artists will be studied.

  • Claude Monet – impressionism-  pastels (landscapes)
  • Edgar Degas- realism- chalk (people)
  • Michaelangelo Buonarroti Simoni- italian renaissance sculpture (clay)
  • Gary Larson – Cartooning – drawing
  • George Serat- pointilism – drawing
  • Vincent Van Gogh – post impressionist – oil paint
  • Georgia O’Keefe – watercolor – modern
  • Grant Wood – American gothic – pencil drawing
  • Jackson Pollock – abstract impression “drip paintings”
  • Hannah Hoch- Collages with newspaper clippings

Jennifer Wilson

This class is taught by Jen Wilson. Jen is an interior designer by trade, and studied interior design and residential space planning at the Art Institute of America. She enjoys drawing and painting, prop making, set design, and sewing and has been the set designer for “Mary Poppins” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as well as “White Christmas” at AWIP.  She has also assisted with costumes and props in past productions.

Jen’s second passion is children and she also studied Early childhood education at Gordon College and Endicott College. She has been a preschool teacher and has taught many homeschool co-op classes in her 9 years of homeschooling. She is very excited to continue leading the set and prop classes behind the scenes, as well as teaching art classes at AWIP.

For more information about the class (location, price, schedule), click here!

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!


#learngrowshine and Happy New Year!

Jen Roca for all of us at AWIP

Just a few days left to support us in 2017!

The first half of AWIP Year Five has been filled with cheer, as students pursued everything from art (in our new, and immediately popular, Picassos Classes), to Media (film and photography), to writing. We offered a Behind-the-Scenes class where students helped build and design sets for our MainStage production of “White Christmas,” which has been hailed as our most spectacular production yet (if you missed it, click here for info on our high-quality DVDs)! Hearts were warmed when the Tolman Junior ROTC joined our cast on stage, and the audience was mesmerized by the snow falling overhead in the finale. We honored the “Singin’ in the Rain” cast from our first production, while welcoming new faces to our acclaimed performing arts troupe, Salt+Light. Our hallways are bursting with energy on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as students are delighted to take classes each week, being inspired and challenged as artists. We spare no expense in quality and hire the best instructors around!

Yet behind the curtain of the AWIP Stage, there’s more being developed for future families and students who will grace our hallways. Scholarship funds are being collected, plans are being made for new locations, work is being laid out for us to continue to bless the city of Pawtucket (where our productions are mounted), and outreaches are underway to local food banks, churches, nursing homes, public schools, and community organizations.


An elementary school principal recently said he spends a fortune bringing the arts to his school, and couldn’t believe our community-outreach performances are free. Help us keep it up! A gift of any amount helps so much, but any gift of $50 or more will receive a free ticket to our Junior Production in April! Click here to donate!

Thank you, and Happy New Year! We hope to see you at one of our classes, workshops, or productions this spring – check out all of our offerings here!

~Jennifer Roca, Executive Director
…for all of us at AWIP