Instructor: Kara Stokowski
December 21, 2018—Glass
Explore the properties of glass as it can be used to make 3-dimensional or 2-dimensional artworks.
Activity: Make translucent mosaic ornaments using petri dishes.
January 4, 2019—Paper
Did you know that paper is easily transported and less costly than traditional cloth canvases? Explore how artists use paper in their creative process an the different ways they use paper.
Activity: Make paper scroll stories using watercolor and pencil.
January 11, 2019—Clay and Ceramics
Explore how clay is used all over the world to make artwork as well as useful objects like vases and bowls.
Activity: Make clay animal sculptures inspired by what you see in the Museum.
January 18, 2019—Metal Artwork
Learn about some of the special properties of metal and discover the various forms it can take.
Activity: Create embossed metal designs.
January 25, 2019—Wood Sculptures
Where does wood come from? Learn how artists have been using wood to make sculptures and artwork throughout history.
Activity: Make your own wooden sculptures using scrap wood and tempera paints.
Instructor: Sarah Pollman
December 21, 2018—Wind Powered
Learn about wind power and how it works, as well as its importance. Look at art that was made for wind power.
Activity: Make a weathervane out of mixed media including embossed foil and wood pieces.
January 4, 2019—Floating in the Breeze
How does a boat make it all the way across the ocean? Look for clues about what makes a boat float, and how they could make it across oceans before motors were invented.
Activity: Make a model of a ship that floats.
January 11, 2019—Human-Powered
Learn about artwork that can move and how a person would be needed to make an artwork move.
Activity: Create a puppet that can move using paper, wire, and wood.
January 18, 2019—Engineered to Move
Gears, cranks, and pulleys, oh my! Look at artwork that moves and think about what the artist did to make artwork both beautiful and functional.
Activity: Create a sculpture that moves on its own using a gear and spring mechanism.
January 25, 2019—Art That Is Made to Travel
Observe examples of artwork that were built to travel. Where in the world was it made, and where did it travel to?
Activity: Create a portable sculpture inspired by the works you see in the Museum.
Instructor: Alexandra Cohen
December 21, 2018—Motion is Art
How does art move and how do you capture motion in art? See how artists created pieces that have intent in having motion and the different techniques used to create motion.
Activity: Make oil resistant watercolor paintings that show movement.
January 4, 2019—Viewing Different Modes of Transportation
Inspect the different types of transportation throughout history and discuss how the way we travel has changed or stayed the same.
Activity: Make your own sculpture of a mode of transportation out of clay.
January 11, 2019—Skies of the Four Seasons
Take a look at different works of the sky and features associated with the sky, and then discuss how each season differs with color and tones.
Activity: Choose a season you want to create and then marble a backdrop of the sky with a silhouetted scene on top.
January 18, 2019—Animals in the Abstract
Take a look at different animals in the Museum, focusing on the sculptures of animals in different styles from different cultures.
Activity: Create a sculpture of an animal using recycled materials.
January 25, 2019—Birds of Prey
Take a look at how many different types of birds or prey there are at the Museum.
Activity: Make a 3-D bird out of collage materials and then hang them in a mobile.
Instructor: Gianna Stewart
December 21, 2019—The Five Senses: Sight: Understanding Perspective
Focus on site lines and perspective and view masterful examples in the galleries.
Activity: Compose drawings using one-point and two-point perspectives.
January 4, 2019—The Five Senses: Taste
Explore examples of the ritual of gathering around food throughout time in the galleries.
Activity: Create an ornate plate using clay.
January 11, 2019—The Five Senses: Smell
Explore objects in the Museum that are scented, reference scents, or enhance the omnipresent sense.
Activity: Make your own scented paper by using paper pulp and natural ingredients.
January 18, 2019—The Five Senses: Touch
Explore the Museum’s collection of over 27,000 objects from the textile industry from American needlepoint to European tapestries, Middle Eastern rugs, and haute culture fashions.
Activity: Create your own tactile work using felting needles.
January 25, 2019—The Five Senses: Hearing
From trumpets and drums to fifes and flagolets, explore objects meant to produce sound.
Activity: Construct kettle drums using cardboard and paint.
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We regret that there is no make-up, refund, or rescheduling for classes missed by a child, even those due to inclement weather. Refunds are given only if the class is cancelled by the MFA.