Inspiration in The Large Arch

Youngsters at First Presbyterian Preschool’s Adventures in Art program learned about sculptures this spring by visiting one of the most famous in Columbus.

The students started out by researching sculptures, making their own out of clay, and talking about what abstract sculpture is, Barb Newton, preschool director said.

“We talked about how people see different things in the art you make,” Newton said.

The students were then introduced to one of the most visited sculptures in Columbus, The Large Arch by English sculptor Henry Moore, which is locate on the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza, 536 Fifth St.

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Moore was inspired by nature and created the centerpiece for the library plaza as a sculpture that could be walked through and around, according to the Columbus Area Visitor’s Center, which coordinates tours of Columbus’ architecture highlights.

The students looked at pictures of the The Large Arch and were asked how many times they had traveled past it and not realized what it was.

In a field trip to the plaza where the sculpture is located, the students were able to stand beneath it, feel its texture and view it from different perspectives. Students then painted their own sculptures on paper while sitting beneath The Large Arch for inspiration.

The idea behind the experience was for students to get in touch with their inner artist, Newton said, adding that thinking about and creating art grows children’s brains.

The Adventures in Art program, which explores the different elements of design through line, shape, color, space, texture, volume and form, is one of several Boost Your Brain enrichment classes that are offered in addition to the church’s preschool program.

Youngsters ages 3-and-a-half to 5 can also participate in other classes such as Roots to Reading, Marvelous Math and Super Science.

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Boost Your Brain Enrichment classes will be offered beginning in August for the 2015-2016 school year. Classes in reading, math, science and art are offered for PreK students. There is also an art class offered on Friday mornings for 3 and 3 1/2 year olds. Contact 812-376-6277 or under the preschool tab for information about programming for this fall.