In these weekly, three-day morning programs, children will create vibrant works of art inspired by our summer exhibitions and permanent collections. Summer class techniques will include drawing, painting, scratchboard, sculpture, and textile art.
Week 1: July 10, 11, 12 (Ages 6-12)
Join us for a treerific time as we take in the natural beauty of landscapes! We’ll draw inspiration from the museum’s Hudson River School paintings as we create our own lovely landscape art, and learn about one and two point perspective.
Week 2: July 17, 18, 19 (Ages 6-12)
Young artists will experiment and explore new ways to use watercolor paint. We’ll work on different textured and colored paper to find out how these changes affect the end result. We’ll investigate the scenes in the Thomas Cole’s Paper Trail exhibit and also go outside to draw and paint the museum’s natural surroundings.
Week 3: July 24, 25, 26 (Ages 6-12)
If you could be any animal, which one would you be? Join us to create 3D sculptures of your favorite animals while exploring the works of William Schade on view in the museum. Children will learn to utilize different shapes to help them form their favorite animal. We’ll take a look at a variety of shape types and how basic knowledge of these shapes can help us create movement in our own animal art. We’ll create our art in a variety of materials including fabric techniques, like batik, as well as sculpture.
Fantastic Fairy Tales
Week 4: July 31 & August 1, 2 (Ages 6-12)
Discover the fantastical world of illustration as we visit the Birds and Beasts exhibit and then create our own fairy tale artwork. Young artists will try their hand at sgraffito (scratchboard) techniques and use this art form as they recreate their favorite fairy tale.
Ancient Egypt: Wearable Art
Week 5: August 7, 8, 9 (Ages 6-12)
What kind of jewelry did the Ancient Egyptians wear? Which colors played a significant role in Ancient Egyptian life? What is the meaning of the colors they used? Join us to discover the answers to these questions as we visit the Ancient Egypt galleries. Together we’ll learn how to make different types of fancy jewelry, rings, head pieces, bracelets and necklaces out of simple materials, like corrugated cardboard, that we will later paint in bright colors to stand out and shine.
Week 6: August 14, 15, 16 (Ages 6-12)
Join us as we investigate the portraits on view in the museum’s galleries and use them as inspiration for our own artwork. We’ll use art media like oil pastels as we learn how to draw people. We’ll also discover the meaning of art words such as proportion, pose, negative and positive space, and use all of these concepts to create portraits of ourselves and our classmates.
Week 7: August 21, 22, 23 (Ages 6-12)
Young artists will make observations in drawings of several of the sculptures they see in the museum’s front courtyard, and discuss which is their favorite. What attracted them to it? What does it remind them of? What kind of shapes can they see from the sculptures? We’ll then build sculptural structures of our own.
Pretty Patterned Plates
Week 8: August 28, 29, 30 (Ages 6-12)
What kind of china/plates were used in the Colonial Era? Admire the fancy patterns and plates on view in the museum’s colonial gallery and create your own designs. Young artists will work to make their own china and paint them with original designs. We’ll also create our own special storage boxes to house our homemade china.