Autumn de Forest visits Turnaround Arts school in D.C.

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

Autumn demonstrates “pull painting” to students at Savoy Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Doug de Forest)

On Tuesday, September 29, the President’s Committee on The Arts and Humanities (PCAH) in Washington D.C invited Autumn de Forest to visit Savoy Elementary School, one of the original eight pilot schools selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the PCAH.

Autumn exhibited a technique she uses in some of her works called “pull painting” and delighted both the Pre-K and fifth-grade art students by having them do their own paintings right alongside her.  A wonderful, enthusiastic and  informative artistic morning was had by all.

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

A Savoy Elementary student applies what she learned from Autumn (Photo credit: Doug de Forest, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved)

“I was so honored to be able to visit the Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C. this week,” she says. “I met with a group of Pre-K kids and a group of fifth graders too, and we all painted together. I was really excited to show them some of my special tools and tricks, and just talk about how much fun it is to create and to be an artist.”

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

Autumn bonds with young creatives at Savoy Elementary during her visit. (Photo credit: Doug de Forest, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved)

Following, Autumn addressed an all-school assembly, during which she explained her message of passion for her artistry, the ability to make a difference in the world, and to work hard and strive to be the best you can be at those things you love to do.

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

Autumn had a chance to address the entire school and tell them her story. (Photo credit: Doug de Forest, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved)

“Wow, what an incredible, vibrant bunch of young souls!” she says. “It made me smile and cry at the same time. I consider it such a privilege to speak to kids about the importance of creativity.

“Expressing myself and not being afraid to say ‘I made this’ has been such a powerful force in my life. It has been the seed that has allowed me to travel the world and meet so many incredible people. I am honored to work with the Turnaround Arts program. This program helps schools that really need the arts, music, dance and theatre. They were fantastic hosts, and I love what they do!”

Canvases, paints and other supplies for the life-changing experience were generously donated by Park West Gallery.

Autumn de Forest Turnaround Arts

At supplies donated by Park West Gallery (Photo credit: Doug de Forest, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved)

3 Responses to Autumn de Forest visits Turnaround Arts school in D.C.

  1. Barbara Scharlau says:

    Autumn is such an interesting artists for such a young age. Watch out world- Autumn will be the next world artist that people will demand her paintings.

  2. Eve PELL says:

    It is fascinating that such a fine young lady is as lovely inside as outside. I have no doubt she is making a lasting, positive impression on so many lives.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I am impressed with this site, very I am a fan.

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest Comments

Latest News

  • Peer Through the Looking Glass With Lebo Plexiglass Art

    Enter a wonderland of vivid colors, wordplay, and animals with David “Lebo” Le Batard’s “Through the Looking Glass” series.Lebo takes his signature Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism style to new ...
    Read More
  • Art News: New Gardner Museum Lead, Herzog Court Victory, ‘Genius’ to Profile Picasso

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines. New Leads in Gardner Museum ...
    Read More
  • Behind the Artist: Yuval Wolfson

    Emerging alongside the artistic renaissance of his native country, Israeli artist Yuval Wolfson possesses both the technical edge of a printmaker and the virtue of a painter. As a ...
    Read More
  • Video Premiere: The Rise of Romero Britto’s Pop Art Empire

    From painting on newspapers as a child to displaying his signature style seen across the globe, Romero Britto’s goal has always remained the same.“I ...
    Read More
  • Port of Call: Skagway, Alaska

    Experience the history of the popular port town Skagway, Alaska. Immerse yourself in the beauty of its wilderness and stroll through historic towns connected to the gold rush era.Dog ...
    Read More
  • How to Clean Your Art

    Art collectors take pride in their extensive collections, artistic knowledge, and beautiful home galleries. To keep your artwork looking its best, here are several dos and don’ts for cleaning and ...
    Read More
  • Art News: Picasso Ring, Lichtenstein Sold for $165 Million, Pollock Found in Garage

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines.  Hand-Painted Pablo Picasso Ring For ...
    Read More
  • Alexandre Renoir Shares Insight Into New Renoir Museum

    Artist Alexandre Renoir recalls fond memories of spending time in his family’s summer home in Essoyes, France. Now, those very same halls are filled with the footsteps of curious ...
    Read More
  • View the 2017 Summer Sale Collection Online

    Looking for that special work of art to make your collection sizzle? Find it during Park West Gallery’s 2017 Summer Sale.The 440-piece Summer Sale contains new artwork and masterworks ...
    Read More
  • Holland America to Offer Cruises to Cuba

    Holland America Line will be warding off the winter cold with voyages to the hottest new destination—Cuba.On May 26, the cruise line announced the Veendam will set sail ...
    Read More
  • Autumn de Forest Wows Gala Crowd With Beyoncé Portrait

    What do Autumn de Forest and Beyoncé have in common? They’re both young, fierce, and unquestionably talented.In honor of the Grammy Award-winning artist, Autumn presented Tina Knowles-Lawson—fashion designer and ...
    Read More
  • Art News: ‘The Night Watch’ Sleepover, Fine Art Inspires ‘Wonder Woman,’ Top 20...

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines.  Dutch Teacher Spends the Night ...
    Read More