Christine Sarigianis: Artist and Educator

Christine Sarigianis with her painting,  In the Moment of Learning

Christine Sarigianis with her painting, In the Moment of Learning

Christine Sarigianis, Early Education Career Pathway Program Coordinator with JVS generously donated her three-panel painting titled In the Moment of Learning to Wu Yee Children's Services.  Inspired by her work with educators and toddlers in China, the painting proudly hangs in the lobby of our Administrative Offices.  Thank you, Christine for sharing your work!

Read Christine's artist's statement below:

Title: In the Moment of Learning
By: Christine Dryer Sarigianis
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Three Panels 62 in X 48 in

In my early adulthood, I studied and experimented with oil painting and figure drawing as a means to express and understand myself. Becoming an early childhood educator I was eager to share this passion with my students. Through teaching art to young children, I observed that moments of unscripted exploration were when children’s eyes lit up and the magic of development and learning revealed itself.

In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to conduct an experimental abstract art curriculum with a preschool classroom in Chengdu, China. Working with the teachers of the school we created a curriculum that guided and allowed the children to explore the materials of art freely. During this time the teachers and I saw that the children were using the open-ended materials of paint, brush, buckets, canvas, and even their own bodies, to express themselves in ways we could not have predicted. I created this painting in response to my experience with these children. Inspired by their use of materials to develop new forms of understanding, I followed their path.

The three children are completely engrossed by the pigment, water, and buckets that surround them. The classroom has become a radiant environment for their stream of conciseness. Paint and water pool at their feet as they dip and pore to create new hues with their stained hands. They have heard the guidance of their teachers and seen the art of Pollock and Rothko. Now they do the work of the young child; learn, grow, and thrive.