April 3, 2007 -- On April 14, the University of Virginia Art Museum will hold a Family Art JAM — "Exploring Printmaking" — in conjunction with the museum's special exhibition, "The Art of Martin Hardie," on view March 28 through May 23. Children and their families will investigate the printmaking processes used by Hardie with studio instructors, focusing on techniques, the basic elements of design (line, shape, color, movement, pattern, texture) and imagery. Together they will also look at Japanese woodblock prints in the museum's Asian Art gallery and compare and contrast the printmaking processes. Children and their families will use what they learn to create basic hand-rubbed prints of their own using rubber blocks.
The make-and-take art event will take place in the museum’s galleries and in the museum's new Education Resource Center on the mezzanine. The Family Art JAM's hands-on activities are for young artists, ages 4 to 12, and their families or caregivers. Intergenerational experiences are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.
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 to 3 p.m. for 4 to 7 year olds, with a second session from 3 to 5 p.m. for 7 to 12 year olds.
There is a small fee for the Family Art JAMS: Members pay $3 for one adult and 1 to 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 Education office at (434) 243-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 13 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.