March 18, 2010

Museum offers free Saturday programs

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Completely Free Saturday programs, so-named because they are, in fact, completely free, resume at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Museum with a variety of multi-media art and art education projects.

Robert DeHoet, recently honored by the state of Illinois for his dedication to making art education free of charge for school-age and high school students, heads up the roster of events.

The programs are free, but pre-registration is a requirement. Programs without adequate registration are subject to cancellation two days prior to the program date. In some programs, space is limited due to the enrollment of “partnership groups.” This semester, Carbondale Girl Scouts are the partnership group.

Pre-register by calling 618/453-5388. All programs run 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All programs begin at University Museum in Faner Hall on campus.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the semester:

• March 20, Stencilstampsngraphics -- An exploration of stencils, including natural “stencils” such as leaves, rubbings and more become part of graphic art design.

• April 17, My Museum Accordion Book -- During a tour of the museum, participants select favorite objects, then use images of these objects for a museum book they will design and write.

• April 24, Multimedia Sculpture -- Participants join the 3D craze by making sculpture with fomeboard, construction paper and more.

• May 1, Photoscape Mashup! -- Landscape photography is the basis, but the end result is a whole new way of looking at landscapes and the world around us.

For more information about University Museum, visit The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is closed on Monday. Admission to most exhibits is free, but donations are always welcome.