We have recently made a push to offer more children and family programming at the Museum. It is our philosophy that childhood is a time to explore and learn new skills, and children’s education allows parents not only time to bond with their children, but also a fun excuse to excercise their own artistic muscles! Over the past month, we have reinvigorated existing programming for a new audience in addition to trying out new workshops!
On August 4, we held our first-ever Family Tie-Dye event. We had eight families participate, with our youngest participant being only a few weeks old! Armed with rubber bands and baby pools filled with dye, we taught families how to twist and tie cloth to achieve certain patterns and how to mix the three primary colors to create a rainbow on their clothing! We’re excited to pull out our baby pools again next year for this summertime favorite!
On August 18, we celebrated the opening of our new woodblock prints exhibit by trying our hand at this centuries-old art, but instead of using wood blocks, we used a decidedly modern material: Styrofoam! Attendees carved designs into Styrofoam blocks using pencils before inking and printing using our hand press. Several artists experimented using different colored papers and layering prints to create art to take home and cherish. This workshop was so successful that we will be offering it again in December, just in time to block print your own holiday cards!
We plan to offer more educational programming for children and families in the future, beginning with Jewelry 101 in September to finish up “Jewelry Month.” Be sure to keep an eye on our Workshops page and our Facebook for the latest information on upcoming classes and events.