U.Va. Offers Family Art JAM, 'Exploring Flower Creations,' on March 17

March 05, 2007

March 5, 2007 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum continues its successful Family Art JAM program on Saturday, March 17 with an opportunity for children and their families to explore flower creation in a make-and-take art program in the museum's new hands-on space.

The March 17 "Family Art JAM: Exploring Flower Creations" is in preparation for the museum's upcoming annual competition "Flower's Interpret Art," to be held at the museum on Tuesday, April 24, during Virginia's Historic Garden Week. Children and their families will investigate the language of visual art, focusing on the basic elements of design (line, shape, color, movement, pattern, texture), in the exhibitions with studio instructors. Together they will discuss how artists throughout the ages have used these elements of art in their painting, sculpture and drawings. Children and their families will use what they learn to create a sculptural flower arrangement related to an artwork in the museum. The arrangements will be made with natural flora and plastic flowers. Families will have the option of entering their creations in the April 24 competition. (Note plastic flowers will need to be replaced with fresh flowers to be entered in this competition.)

The Family Art JAM hands-on activities are for young artists, ages 4-12, and their families or caregivers. Intergenerational experiences are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided. The event will take place in the museum's galleries and the 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.

The is a fee for the Family Art JAM: members pay $3 for one adult and one to two children; $10 for nonmembers; $2 for each additional child or adult. Families may become museum members 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, March 15 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 parking lot A6, across the street from the museum and adjacent to Madison Bowl.