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Children’s Art Exhibition at The Academy of Hellenic Paideia
The Academy of Hellenic Paideia in Astoria, New York presented The Children’s Art Exhibition as part of the first Hellenic Art Festival TIMARETE in June. The exhibition comprised a selection of artworks created by the students of the Drawing and Painting class offered by the Academy, as well as a group of artworks by the students of the 8th Elementary School of Kordelio, Thessaloniki. As a class, Drawing and Painting is open to both children and adults of diverse backgrounds who want to hone their talents, explore new skills or nurture their creativity. Ms. Antonia Papatzanaki, the instructor, teaches the fundamentals of freehand drawing and painting through traditional and experimental studio art methods, and a historic journey through the world of art. The children thus learn the basics of fine art in an environment intending to stimulate both their analytical intelligence and imagination. The artworks were auctioned and the proceeds will go to the 8th Elementary School of Kordelio of Thessaloniki.
Born in Greece, Antonia Papatzanaki is an internationally renowned artist. She was educated in Athens School of Fine Arts (G. Nikolaidi’s Workshop), in the Vienna Hochschule für Angenwandte Kunst (W. Bertoni’s Workshop), and Pratt Institute in New York, where she acquired her Master’s degree in fine arts. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards: the Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Foundation for Hellenic Culture; Gerondelis Foundation, Lynn, MA; the Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation; and the F.V.S. zu Hamburg Foundation; and has gained first prizes from PanHellenic and International Competitions for public art work installations. Her public light installation Agora was exhibited at the Battery Park during 2000-2001 as part of the Temporary Public Art Program of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Her sculpture Lighthouse is permanently installed at “Kato Patisia” Square Metro Station, Athens, Greece. Papatzanaki has had 15 solo exhibitions all over the world and works by her are in the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, the Vorres Museum, in the Copelouzos family Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the American College of Greece, and in numerous private collections.