"Imagine Brandywine," a new exhibition space at the Brandywine River Museum for the display of creative art projects by area school students, debuts on Nov. 10.
The inaugural display features more than 150 works by students in kindergarten through sixth grade from the Avon Grove Charter School (AGCS), located in West Grove and Kemblesville.
"It is with great excitement that we launch this new program," said Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum. "We have long had an array of educational activities that inspire children to look closely at art. With the 'Imagine Brandywine' series, children will create works of art that address a particular subject or theme related to the museum's renowned collection or the spectacular landscape surrounding it.
"It always astounds me how brilliantly creative children's art is, and giving these students in the community the opportunity to display their work will hopefully be as rewarding to them as I know it will be to the staff," Padon added.
Each year, the Brandywine River Museum serves more than 6,000 students through its field trip program, as well as offering workshops for educators. The museum offers students from kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to make connections between school learning and the outside world. The museum offers 15 different thematic guided tours for school groups that may be adapted to the curriculum and level of the group. Programs link art to a variety of subjects, including American history, literature, environmental studies and geometry.
The exhibition by the students from AGCS will be on view through Jan. 5 on the lower level of the museum. Future exhibitions of work by students from the museum's partner schools, including Caln Elementary in Coatesville and Chester Charter School of the Arts, will take place in 2014.
The museum is on Route 1 in Chadds Ford. It is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under 6. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.