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Family Art Night

Family Art Nights are an opportunity for parents and students to experience art together. Families choose from one of three lessons, each based on a different famous artist. The first part of the lesson is an introduction to the artist’s life and samples of his or her work. Next, there is an explanation of the evening’s lesson, which includes a warm-up with the materials to be used. Then, parents and children each create their own masterpiece using the artist’s work as inspiration.

       

Three Art Corps leaders teach the lessons. The leaders set up the lesson, teach the lesson and clean up. The lessons last one hour. Set up begins 45 minutes beforehand, and cleanup requires an additional 30 minutes after the lessons are over. We have found that keeping the number of participants at 100 or fewer provides the best experience.

Each year, lessons are selected that offer a variety of materials. Lessons also vary in complexity, allowing children from pre-K through late elementary to participate.

For information email Art Corps at marilyn.artcorps@gmail.com

2019-2020  Family Art Night Schedule

Dates are being set now. Watch for a sign-up flyer coming home as your school’s date approaches.

  • Dingeman 2/5, 2/25, and 3/12
  • Hearst 11/6 and 11/7
  • Jerabek 10/24, 1/14, 3/26
  • Longfellow 1/22 and 1/23
  • Morning Creek 10/3

Don’t see your school?  Check back later to see if your school has been added to the schedule.

These are the lessons we will be offering for 2019-2020.

MATISSE WINDOW

Christmas Eve

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He loved the balance of shapes, colors and lines in his paintings. During the last fourteen years of his life he began creating compositions out of paper and designed stained glass windows. He worked in vivid colors using organic shapes arranged in patterns to create a pleasing balance. His largest stained glass project was for a chapel in Vence, France, but he also designed windows for private homes.

At Family Art Night we will focus on his cut-outs and stained glass designs. We will first design a stained glass window inspired by Matisse using pencil. Next we will use permanent marker to create the leaded lines of the window, and finally we will use watercolors to paint the “glass” to complete the piece.

RINGGOLD BRIDGE

Faith Ringgold (1930- ) is known for her painted story quilts — art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has also written and illustrated eleven children’s books and was a professor of art at the University of California at San Diego (1987-2002).

At Family Art Night we will focus on her first book and story quilt, Tar Beach. It is the story of young Cassie who imagines flying over New York City among the stars in the night sky. We will use white oil pastels, tempera paint with sponges, and markers to create our story “quilt.”

              “…anyone can fly.  All you need is somewhere to go that you can’t get to any other way. The next thing you know, you’re flying among the stars.”

KLEE HEAD

Senecio

Paul Klee’s (1879-1940) work is unique and difficult to classify. Primitive art, surrealism, cubism, and children’s art all seem blended into his small-scale, delicate paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. He loved to “take his line for a walk” every day.

The Man with the Big Mouth

Our Family Art Night lesson is inspired by two of his pieces, The Man with the Big Mouth and Senecio. We will do a guided continuous line contour drawing of a face and then use oil pastels to fill in the face with color.


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