June 02, 2011

Museum offers Completely Free summer programs

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Completely Free summer programs return to the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale just in time for those long, hot days of summer.
The programs, completely free as the name indicates, are for children ages 7 to 14 who are interested in art, both creating and learning about it. Pre-registration is a requirement. To pre-register, call 618/453-6388. Register early, as space may be limited.
All programs are 10:30 a.m. to noon and begin at the University Museum in Faner Hall.
Here is the Completely Free program schedule:
• June 13 -- Sculpturama
This program begins with a tour of the University Museum Sculpture Garden and ends with multi-media sculpture construction.
• June 22 -- Making Books
This program includes a visit to Morris Library, and also bookmaking.
• June 29 -- Plantquest
Visit the SIUC greenhouse during this program to see plants that might be new to many participants. Students will also have a chance to collect some plant samples of their own to talk about back at the museum.
• July 6 -- Art Rubbings/Mixed Media
This program is all about mash-ups and mixing. Students will make rubbings featuring a variety of textures and materials, then use them to make mixed media art of their own.
• July 13 -- Making Music
Students will visit Altgeld Hall, home of the School of Music, and then make their own musical instruments -- and play them, too.
• July 22 -- Printmaking, Card Making
Students will visit the Allyn Building for a little printmaking inspiration, and then they’ll make their own personalized postcards and trading cards.
• July 27 -- Pop Art Comic Collage
Combine comics, found images, and drawings to create pop art for the 21st century.
• August 3 -- Things that Fly/Making Rivers
This program includes a visit to Parkinson Lab and the Department of Geology. Students will make parachutes, rivers, whirlybirds and more.