U.Va. Art Museum Family Art JAM Explores African Art and Indian Miniature Paintings

February 01, 2007

Feb. 1, 2007 -- 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 the Family Art JAMs, families will 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 4-12, and their families or caregivers. Intergenerational experiences are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.

The Feb. 10 "Family Art JAM: Exploring African Art and Indian Painting" is offered in conjunction with the museum's special exhibitions "Images of Women in African Traditional Arts," on view through April 15, and "Intensity of Observation and Infinite Significance: Indian Painting at the University of Virginia Art Museum," on view through March 25. Children and their families will investigate the African art (masks, sculptures and beadwork) and the Indian miniature paintings in the exhibitions with studio instructors. Together they will discuss the artwork and the cultures related to the art.  Children and families will use what they learn to create a mask or painting of their own.

The Family Art JAMs will take place in the museum's galleries and in the museum's new Education Resource Center on the mezzanine. Sessions are limited to 14 children and their families, for a total of 25 persons. There will be one Family Art JAM session from 1-3 p.m. for 4-7 year olds, with a second session from 3-5 p.m. for 7-12 year olds.

There is a small fee for the Family Art JAMS:  Members pay $3 for one adult and 1-2 children; $10 for non-members; $2 for each additional child or adult. Families may join the museum at the door.

Reservations are required.  Drop-ins are permitted if space is available. Please call the museum education office at (434) 243.2050 or museumoutreach@virginia.edu by Friday Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, a short distance from the Rotunda. Free parking for this event will be available in A6, the parking lot across the street from the museum and adjacent to the Madison Bowl.