The Saturday Morning Art (smART) program is a non-profit community outreach program for the visual arts serving the families of the South New Jersey region. SmART sessions engage children, grades K - 12, in artistic learning through a variety studio activities involving drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, digital and mixed media discoveries for younger ages. Art Education students are responsible for the planning and instruction of smART classes. All sessions are supervised by Art Education faculty from the Department of Art and are joined by other New Jersey certified art teachers from area public schools.
The program is housed in Westby Hall, Rowan University's fine art and design building where children work in large studio spaces and regularly visit the Rowan University Art Gallery to view and interact with original works of contemporary art.
For over 20 years, the smART program has fostered quality visual art experiences for children and their parents while providing future art teachers with an opportunity to participate in community outreach. The smART program augments the greater mission of Rowan University, to prepare future art teachers as professionals in education by fostering knowledge through study, responsibility through service, and character through challenge.
Contributors: Chad Meyers