U.Va. Art Museum's Family Art Jam Explores Modern Art

January 16, 2007

Jan. 16, 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 briefly explore a special exhibition or work of art with a studio instructor and then create artwork related to what they see and learn. These hands-on activities are for young artists, ages 4-12, and their families or caregivers. Youth ages 9-12 may work directly with studio volunteers. Intergenerational experiences are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.

The Jan. 20 "Family Art JAM: Exploring Modern Art," from 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. (two sessions), is in conjunction with the museum's special exhibitions "Hedda Sterne, A Retrospective," on view through March 11 and "Fernand Léger, Contrasts of Forms," on view Jan. 19 - March 18. Children and their families will look at the paintings and drawings in the exhibitions with a studio instructor. Together they will discuss the elements of modern artwork, including line, form, color and composition. Children and families will use the elements of modern art to create a painting or drawing of their own. Participants will also have the chance to contribute to a large-scale collaborative group drawing or painting.

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 two Family Art JAM sessions: 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Reservations are required. Drop-ins will be accommodated if space is available. For reservations call the museum's education office at (434) 243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu by Friday, Jan. 19, 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 the A6 parking lot located across the street from the museum and adjacent to Madison Bowl.