Summer Art Program Focuses on Art from South America


McAllen.  Hinovations Art Gallery announces its Summer ArtVentures Art Camps 2018 for children ages 4 to Teens and Adults.  Art Camps provide children with creative fun ways to engage their imagination through visual art activities.  Summer ArtVentures offers plenty of cultural stimulation.  As kids create art, they will explore ideas, learn art vocabulary, and experiment with a variety of media as well as gain knowledge about other cultures and their art.  This year, Hinovations Art Studio will focus on the Art of South America in particular the areas of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.  Camps begin June 4 with times periods either from 9am to 12 or 1pm to 4pm.  Classes take place at Hinovations Art Gallery, located at 1009 Laurel Ave in McAllen, Texas.

Children are naturally curious and put themselves out in the world to explore, observe and imitate.  This process allows them to figure out how things work and how to control and operate their environments.  Art is a natural activity that supports unrestricted exploration which in turn forms connections in their brain.  Art allows youth to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life, but also for learning.  The Michigan State University Extension lists a few of the skills youth practice when participating in art activities.  Fine motor skills.  Grasping pencils, crayons, chalk and paintbrushes helps children develop their fine motor muscles. This development will help your child with writing, buttoning a coat and other tasks that require controlled movements.  Cognitive development.   Art can help children learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect (i.e., “If I push very hard with a crayon the color is darker.”). They can also practice critical thinking skills by making a mental plan or picture of what they intend to create and following through on their plan.  

Hinovations’ art workshops not only help develop these and more skills but also focus on cultural learning.  Every summer the Gallery develops Art Lessons based on Art from different parts of the world.  This year students will learn about the art of South America in particular, the Golden Age of Argentine Comics, Indigenous art of Colombia and Ecuador, the Indigenous art of the Inca, and the Folk art of the Guajira and Wayuu people of Venezuela.  These workshops are accompanied by historical facts of the areas, complimented with music and cover drawing, painting, printing and more.  Additional classes include the Celebration of Superheroes with Gallery Guest Artist, Lupe Hernandez teaching Basic Super Hero Drawing and Super Hero Emblem art workshops as well as Modern Graffiti and Air Brush Painting.   Local artist, Gaby Rico will also be teaching classes the month of June focusing on Textural Painting Techniques for Youth and Adults.  Resident artist, Celerino Castillo will focus on Chicano and Cultura Arte, teaching kids on a one-on-one basis.  

Email to receive complete schedule or visit the website at Hinovations Art Gallery to view classes.   Gallery hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.  For more information please contact Gallery Director and Instructor, Raquel Hinojosa at 956-309-8352.