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U.Va. Art Museum's Feb. 22 Family Art JAM to Focus on Art of Cartooning

February 4, 2009 — Children and their parents or caretakers are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity when the University of Virginia Art Museum continues its popular children's programming, the Family Art JAM. On Feb. 22, the museum will offer "Cartooning: Exploring the Oliphant and Daumier Exhibitions" for children ages 4 to 12.

Children and their grownups will receive a docent-led tour of "Leadership: Oliphant Cartoons & Sculpture from the Bush Years," an exhibition that includes some 100 cartoons, pencil sketches, oversized charcoal caricatures and sculpture in bronze and wax by nationally syndicated political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant. Geared to their level, the tour will focus on the aspects of Oliphant's cartooning that children can understand, and help them comprehend what the artist is saying about the political figures he depicts.

The tour will also include a companion exhibit on the work of Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), whom Oliphant sites as a key inspiration of his work.

Following the tour, students spend hands-on time with Charlottesville cartoon artist Warren Craghead III, whose work includes comics, drawings and illustrated books. His most recent book is based on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire, and is titled "HOW TO BE EVERYWHERE." His most recent exhibition, "The Dot and the Line," was at Migration Gallery in Charlottesville.

Craghead will talk about common cartoon language, understanding and creating symbols and using drawings to communicate ideas. Students and their caretakers will create their own cartoon stories, and Craghead will help convert them into printable, foldable books.

The Family Art JAM for 4- to 7-year-olds and their caretakers or parents will be held from 1-3 p.m. Seven- to 12-year-olds are invited to attend from 3-5 p.m. with a parent or caretaker.

The Family Art JAMs are available to museum members for $10 for one adult with one to two children and to nonmembers for $20. Additional children or adults can attend for $3 each.

Museum membership is available for as little as $75 for families and $40 for seniors and U.Va. faculty and staff.

Information on programs and membership levels is available at the museum's Web site.

To register, call 434-243-2050 or send e-mail to museumoutreach@virginia.edu.

The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, a short walk from the Rotunda and across the street from Madison Bowl.

— By Jane Ford

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