Enjoy a day with your family at the Tang Teaching Museum this summer. The Museum recently announced its schedule for the upcoming Family Saturdays series, and you’re invited! Read on to find out about the fun programs coming to the Tang, from abstract map-making to papel picado creations.
Every Saturday from July 7 to August 18, join the Tang for thought-provoking family programs, each of which includes a brief tour of one of the exhibitions followed by a hands-on art-making activity. Programs will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, except on Frances Day (July 14).
July 7 – Magical Maps
Take a closer look at the exhibition Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings. In Magical Maps, young guests will examine how abstract art can look like a map, with straight and curling lines becoming roads, and paint and cheesecloth creating topography. Finally, kids will make their own magical maps with stencils, yarn, plastic paper, and a variety of pencils and watercolors.
July 14 – Fifth Annual Frances Day
Enjoy food, music, and tours of the Museum! No registration is required, and drop-in activities from 2 to 5 PM will include:
- Community art-making featuring pegboard, yarn, and markers to create a two-sided abstract artwork inspired by two-sided paintings in Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings,
- Printmaking led by Kamau Amu Patton, the featured artist in the exhibition Tel_,
- Photos taken in a specially designed, interactive diorama by artists Wendy Red Star (Four Seasons, on display in the Give a damn. exhibition), and her daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, and
- Make your own masterpiece: button-making and sun visor decorating in the atrium.
July 21 – Suncatcher Mobiles
Tour and discuss Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings, then create beautiful suncatcher mobiles inspired by the exhibition. Kids will use wax paper, crayons, strings, hole punchers, and a special finishing touch to hold their creation together. Bring them home to hang in the sun!
July 28 – Power Up
Explore the dynamic artwork of Corita Kent in the exhibition Give a damn., and how her work sparked love and connections. Following the discussion, guests will make their own signs with stamps and ink pads of different colors.
August 4 – Outdoor Rubbing Art
Make art outside! Inspired by Dona Nelson’s work that incorporates rubbings, visitors will use white paper and crayons to create rubbings of tree bark, sidewalks, and more.
August 11 – Ocean Habitat Diorama
Dona Nelson created beautiful artwork inspired by whales and octopus. With the Ocean Habitat Diorama program, kids will make their own dioramas of underwater habitats with boxes, bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, and scrap paper.
August 18 – Papel Picado
Learn about Daniel Gonzalez’s Artes es Vida, on display in Give a damn. With this fun activity, guests will see how the artwork was made, discover the Mexican folk art tradition of papel picado (cut paper), then make their own paper creations with tissue and construction paper, markers, and other materials.
Programs are suitable for children 5 years or older and their adult companions. Reservations are required and should be made one week in advance of the program. To learn more or RSVP, call the Tang‘s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.