February 25, 2009

Museum hosts art education program for families

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Completely Free, a completely free art education program for families sponsored by University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, brings on “Art that Moves” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The program, designed for children ages 7-14, use a combination of art appreciation based on exhibits in the museum, and art creation to help participants connect with art.

The “Art that Moves” session focuses on the mobile artwork of metalsmith L. Brent Kington, an SIUC alumnus whose artwork is respected and sought-after nationwide. Participants will study Kington’s work, then create some of their own spinning, bobbing and twirling art.

Future sessions include: (all sessions are 1:30-3:30 p.m.)

March 21 -- Kitchen Sink Mural

This session examines mural artwork of Karl Kelpe, and includes creation of a mural that may even include the kitchen sink.

April 11 -- Fossiliferous!

This session begins with the museum’s fossil collection in the Fraunfelter Gallery, and proceeds to creation of fossil impressions. Participants should bring leaves or plant stems for this session.

April 25 -- Plantquest Art Book, part 1

At this session, participants create art journals and collect plants and then…

May 9 -- Plantquest Art Book, part 2

… they create artwork based on the plants they’ve collected and the journals they’ve kept.

These programs are free, but pre-registration is a requirement. Call University Museum at 618/453-5388 to pre-register.