This month's “Saturday for Kids” event sponsored by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City featured Oklahoma artist-in-residence Pat Webb.
In a class she titled “Strength of Spirit,” Webb taught children ages 4 to 12 how to make picture collages from watercolor paint and copies of photographs from the newly sponsored exhibition, “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West.”
Children cut out images from the copies of photographs and pasted them onto paper which they painted. With each image the children associated a word.
“I chose energetic because buffalo have a lot of energy. Smart because when a predator comes buffalo need to know how to escape. And resourceful because when food is scarce buffalo need to find different ways to survive,” Alaina Brady, 8, said of her collage, which displayed cut out pictures of buffalo amid a watercolored sunset.
Webb said while they may not know it, the children choose words that describe not only who they see in the pictures but also who they would like to be.
“When the children see images from the American West and imagine what kind of qualities people had to have to survive they get excited. They think ‘I have those qualities' or ‘I'd like to have those qualities,” Webb said.
“It's character development. And after all that's art — to see beauty and make a connection,” she said.