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Summer ArtVenture Camps
June 15 – August 21
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art.

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Family 1st Thursday
Thursdays, September 3; October 1; November 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.
Urban Landscape Collage
September 3
Design your own version of Bayer’s Lonely Metropolitan (1932) in shades of black, white, and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape.

Oil Pastel and Tempera Paint Still Life
October 1
Study the complex details of flowers up close by sketching from botanical arrangements. Add color to the composition with water-soluble oil pastels mixed with tempera paint, inspired by Henri Fantin-Latour’s Chrysanthemums of Summer (Chrysanthemes d'Ete) (ca. 1887).

Abstract Texture Studies
November 5
Focus in on the details of Raul Corrales’ Blue Jeans, Cuba, (1948) to create an abstract texture study by layering canvas strips and opaque watercolors.


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Sundays, September 13; October 11; November 8, 1:30 – 4:30

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.
In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.


Found Objects
September 13
Create a mixed media assemblage with found objects, sculpted clay forms, and details from Hebert Bayer’s black-and-white photograph Shortly Before Dawn (1936).

Chalk Pastel
October 11
Capture a figure in motion in chalk pastel on mid-tone paper inspired by Edgar Degas’ Laundress Carrying Linen (ca. 1882–1892).

Colored Pencils
November 8
Reimagine Flor Garduño’s Basket of Light (1989) as a triptych by adding color and words to the images.

David Tanenbaum and Peppino D'Agostino
Thursday, September 17, 7:30 pm

Peppino D’Agostino is a well-known soloist on the acoustic steel-string guitar who is praised throughout the world as a master of his genre. D’Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980s and since his debut recording in 1981, has performed in more than 26 countries. He is becoming better known in the classical guitar world because of his collaborations with David Tanenbaum, an admired classical guitarist who has performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia, the former Soviet Union and Asia. Tanenbaum has been a soloist with numerous companies, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members / $22 Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks.

Free Family Day
Día de los Muertos

Sunday, October 25, 1 – 4 pm

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps, and back plaza including music by Conjunto Jardin, dance performances by Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcóatl, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.



Catalyst Quartet

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 pm

The Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally-acclaimed Sphinx Competition: violinists Karla Donehew-Perez and Jessie Montgomery, violist Paul Laraia, and cellist Karlos Rodriquez. The quartet has participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Grand Canyon Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and been featured in The Strad and Strings magazines including multiple radio and television broadcasts.

Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members / $22 Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks.

Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to SBMA to perform a short program of choral music during First Thursday in December. The Quire of Voyces was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissanceand the modern age.

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