By: Bridgette Beard Klein, Communications Assistant 2012 has been an exhilarating year for the Akron Art Museum. We continued to launch our new visual look, celebrated 90 years in the community, exhibited monumental art and made major leadership changes. We really kicked off the year with our 90th anniversary celebration in February. The performance included abstract painter Al Bright in concert with the Jesse Dandy Band. In March, Ray Turner: Population opened featuring an ever-expanding series of portraits, including key Akronites from the University Park
Education Department Spring 2013 Internship (Unpaid) The Akron Art Museum education department is currently seeking an intern for the spring semester. This is an extraordinary opportunity to have hands on experience working in an art museum during a potentially blockbuster, educator friendly exhibition and interface with a diverse population of museum visitors, including school groups, families, artists and docent tour guides. The intern’s duties will be focused on two exhibitions related to picture book art, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
by Gina Thomas McGee, Associate Educator Aside from working on programs, tours, films, concerts and lectures at the museum, the education department has been spending some time off-site bringing the museum experience to local preschool classrooms through our MiniMasters preschool art education program. The MiniMasters program, funded by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative, allows our staff to spend time in Summit County Head Start classrooms, teaching three to five year old students about our collection. The last year of the MiniMasters program has taught
Supplies: Used paper Warm water Bucket Blender Liquid water colors OR colored tissue paper (bleedable) Flower seeds (small) Plastic stitchery canvas Extras: Plastic tracers and/or cookie cutters Directions: 1. Rip and tear pieces of paper, do not use scissors because the rough edges are necessary. 2. Place pieces of paper in a warm bucket of water. Once paper has been in the water for a few minutes, tear pieces into smaller shreds. 3. Add liquid water colors or bleedable tissue paper to the water/paper mixture.
Inspired by Untitled by Alvin Demar Loving Jr. Supplies: Plastic bags (variety of colors, patterns)ScissorsIronsParchment paper Extras: Sewing machineThread Directions: 1. Collect plastic shopping bags. Look for interesting colors, patterns and designs. 2. Cut the plastic bags into shapes. Holding the bag taught makes it easier to cut. 3. Layer the cut pieces onto a larger shape of plastic bags. Create at least 6 layers but the more layers there are, the stronger the fabric will be. 4. Sandwich the layers between pieces of parchment
Supplies:Plastic bottlesScissorsEmbossing heat gunsPermanent markersNeedle nose pliers (insulated) Extras:String or wireBeads Directions:1. Collect and rinse plastic bottles. Try experimenting with different colored plastics.2. Carefully cut the bottles into strips, varying the width of the strips will create different size beads.3. Decorate the strips with permanent markers creating designs, patterns, or even writing a secret message.4. Roll up the plastic strips and hold firmly with the pliers.5. Heat the plastic with the heat gun and watch the plastic shrink and harden. When you are finished, let