Category: Studio Hours

Virtual Family Days: Bookmaking Bonanza

Try your hand at making simple books and book-related objects. This month we have bookmaking tutorials plus some options for turning out artful bookmarks. Get Art: Why make your own sketchbook? Before we get to making, we might tackle the big question of the month. Project 1: Make an Accordion Book What do you need? Paper Try this? Fold your paper in even sections. That’s it. This is a simple book to make. Collection Connection: Muybridge was a photographer who explore motion by creating a

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Family Day: Dog Days of Summer

Summer is coming to an end. It’s a time to relish freedom, enjoy family, and spend a few more minutes in the outdoors. This month’s projects celebrate the end of the holidays.

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Make Your Own Movie

Create your own no-tech moving picture show using supplies you have around the house (or recently thrown into the recycle bin).

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Family Day: Art-BQ

Ah, peak summer — barbecues, picnics, outdoor fun. Who says snacks need to be just for eating? Gather your leftovers, your favorites, whatever you got — and let’s have an Art-BQ! We even have a kit of supplies to help you get started.

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Family Day: The Art of Water

No beach? No pool? No problem! Explore different ways to cool off this summer with water art-making activities that don’t require floaties or a vest. Water takes on many forms during the summer. For some, summer means cooling off by swimming, playing in sprinklers, or simply drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Water moves in different ways with the museum’s collection, too. We have paintings of crashing waves (Torrey, Surf), abstracted landscapes of ponds (Thomas, Pond-Spring Awakening), and even works whose movement reminds us how water can

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Relief Printing

Relief prints are easy and flexible. The basic premise is that anything raised from the surface will transfer ink onto the paper. A stamp is essentially a relief print. Linocut prints and woodblock prints are two commonly used forms of relief printmaking. At home, you can create a type of relief print using cardboard and foam stickers. If you don’t have foam stickers, you can use old styrofoam and hot glue. If you don’t have printer’s ink, you can brush acrylic paint onto the block.

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Drawing Day

If you’ve ever written your name on a piece of paper, you’re prepared to learn to draw.

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Drawing Day — May 16

Many people think of drawing as the ability to render realistically. But drawing encompasses many forms of expression.

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Contact Paper Collage

Looking for a low-mess project for you and/or your family? We’ve got just the thing!

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Shaving Cream Marbling

This technique yields incredible results with few supplies, little effort, and minimal mess.

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