U.Va. Art Museum's Family Event to Focus on Matisse-Picasso Exhibit

March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009 — Children and their parents or caretakers are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity when the University of Virginia Art Museum continues its popular children's programming, the Family Art JAM. On March 29, the museum will offer "Printmaking and Lines: Exploring the Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris Exhibition" for children ages 4 to 12.

Children and their grownups will receive a docent-led tour of the "Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris" exhibition, which includes some 88 works of modern French art created during the years 1904–1946 and collected by U.Va. alumnus T. Catesby Jones. Geared to their level, this tour will focus on portraits by Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

After the tour, children will spend some hands-on time drawing portraits of their parents. They'll learn about the reduction method of block printing, and turn their portraits into multi-color linoleum block prints with the help of their parents.

The Family Art JAM for 4- to 7-year-olds and their caretakers or parents will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Seven- to 12-year-olds are invited to attend from 3 to 5 p.m. with a parent or caretaker.

The Family Art JAMs are available to museum members for $10 for one adult with one or two children, and to non-members for $20. Additional children or adults can attend for $3 each. Museum membership is available for as little as $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 Web site, www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

To register for the Family Art JAM, call 434-243-2050 or send e-mail to 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