April 4, 2008 — Make-and-take art for families is now available on a regular basis in the University of Virginia Art Museum's new and growing hands-on space. At Family Art JAMs, families explore a special exhibition or work of art with a studio instructor and then create art related to what they see and learn. These hands-on activities are for young artists, ages 4 to 12, and their families or caregivers. Intergenerational experiences are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.
The April 19 Family Art JAM, "Exploring Flower Creations," is in preparation for the museum's upcoming competition, "Flowers Interpret Art," to be held at the museum on Tuesday, April 22. Children and their families will investigate the language of visual art, focusing on the basic elements of design (line, shape, color, movement, pattern and texture) in the exhibitions with studio instructors. Together they will discuss how artists throughout the ages have used these elements of art in their painting, sculpture and drawings.
Children and their families will then use what they learn to create a sculptural flower arrangement related to an artwork in the museum. The arrangements will be made with natural flora and plastic flowers. Families will have the option of entering their creations in the April 22 competition. (Note that plastic flowers will need to be replaced with fresh flowers in order to be entered in the competition.)
The Family Art JAM will take place in the museum's galleries and in the new Education Resource Center on the mezzanine. Sessions are limited to 14 children and their families, for a total of 25 persons.
The program is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 4- to 7- year-olds and their families, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 7- to 12-year-olds and their families. The cost is $5 for a member and up to two children, $12 for a non-member and up to two children, and $2 for each additional child. Reservations are required; call 434-243-2050 or email@example.com. Drop-ins are permitted if space is available.
The University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 434-924-3592 or visit www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.