The Sheldon features Student Artwork

This Friday, March 3rd, from 5 to 7pm, the Sheldon Art Galleries is hosting an opening reception and celebration that debuts WOL 3rd and 4th graders work from a Colorbridge Arts Collective signature program, a curriculum known as The Color Wheel of Tolerance Bookmaking Unit. The books and descriptive examples of the bookmaking process will be on display from 3/3/2017 – 9/9/2017. The Sheldon is located at 3648 Washington Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO Hours: Tuesdays noon to 8pm; Wednesdays through Friday noon to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

BullyAndTheKid300Color Wheel Connections: Handmade Books about Human Beings

Organized by artist Jenna Bauer, founder of the Colorbridge Arts Collective, designers of socially informed visual arts education curricula, this exhibit uses the artist’s color wheel as a metaphor to encourage children to contemplate their similarities and differences as human beings. In collaboration with their classroom teachers and Colorbridge art educators, students created thoughtful stories based on this theme, and also learned a wide variety of studio art-based illustration tactics including drawing and collage techniques, color theory and bookbinding. This exhibit presents over 50 books written and illustrated by students from Word of Life School, St. Cecilia School, Kennard Classical Junior Academy and a group of homeschooled children.

The color wheel contains inherent and important lessons when the relationships among hues are personified. In a color wheel, two hues may occupy territory on opposite sides of the wheel, but when they are side by side, they vibrate and dance, forming a complementary set. Likewise, two people can have differences, yet have hopes, dreams, aspirations and family connections that are very similar to one another. These commonalities become the threads that hold us together as the human race. This hue-to-human analogy, explored in The Color Wheel of Tolerance bookmaking curriculum, is a signature program of Colorbridge Arts Collective first drafted in August of 2014 by artist Jenna Bauer. In the Fall of 2016, Bauer and fellow artist- educators established the Colorbridge Arts Collective to bring this and a wide variety of socially inspired arts curricula to St. Louis schools and community groups. These programs use engagements with literature and the visual arts to promote individuality, confidence, self-expression, problem solving and social change.

The Colorbridge Arts Collective is dedicated to developing, refining and distributing this curriculum because, they believe that understanding universalities among human beings can encourage a peaceful world and dissipate fear and violence. More information on their programs at

The exhibition is made possible in part by Regions Bank.

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