U.Va. Art Museum Family Program Explores Tom Burckhardt Paintings on Jan. 21, 22

January 09, 2012

January 9, 2012 — Families are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity as the University of Virginia Art Museum continues its monthly children's program, the Family Art JAM. On Jan. 21 and 22, the museum will offer four sessions of "Color, Pattern, Texture: Interpreting Burckhardt's Paintings" for children ages 5 to 12.

Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects planned to make the museum's exhibitions accessible to young children.

This month, children will discuss the museum's new exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings by artist Tom Burckhardt. Burckhardt's work offers an ideal opportunity for children to discover the representational images hidden within or created by the abstract shapes that compose the paintings. After the tour, children will use tempera paint to create patterned and textured paper samples, and assemble abstract collage compositions using their finished papers.

The Family Art JAM for 5- to 7-year-olds and their accompanying adults will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Eight- to 12-year-olds are invited to attend from 3 to 5 p.m. with an adult.

Family Art JAMs are available to museum members for $15 and to non-members for $20 for one adult with one or two children. Additional children or adults can attend for $5 each. Limited need-based scholarships are available; inquire at registration.

Museum membership is available for $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 website.

To register for the Family Art JAM, call 434-243-2050 or email museumoutreach@virginia.edu. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, a short walk from the Rotunda, across the street from Madison Bowl.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Jane Ford

Senior News Officer U.Va. Media Relations