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"Every child is an artist," Pablo Picasso famously proclaimed.Over the past two years, the Beirut Exhibition Center has been running workshops designed to ensure that those who have not forgotten how to be artists as they age inspire a new generation of children. Each Saturday, Ranine Homsy, an interior architect and graduate of Saint Joseph University's program in art criticism and curatorial studies, takes a group of between six and nine children on a tour of the exhibition center's current show. Visitors to last year's Guiragossian retrospective, "The Human Condition," may recognize the mustachioed face staring back at them as that captured in the artist's final self-portrait, an oil-on-canvas work left unfinished after his death in 1993 .Reproduced by children aged between 6 and 13, the painting takes on new life. Homsy explains that each exhibition held at the BEC forms the starting point for a cycle of workshops, in which the children explore what makes each artist's work unique. They focus on a different aspect of the exhibition each week, whether studying a new technique – from collage to sculpture to painting – or working with a particular color palette, emotion or subject.So the idea is to get the kids closer to the art.
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