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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
July 2, August 6, 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.

Animal Mask and Bird Designs for Bronze Vessels
July 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled, ca. 1924. Linoleum cut. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ala Story Purchase Fund.

Abstract Prints
August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Experiment with different hatched, lined, and dotted patterns to create prints in silvery inks on dark paper.


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
July 12, August 9, 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.


Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled Space Modulator, 1946. Oil on Plexiglas. McMaster Museum of Art, Levy Bequest Purchase.

Moholy–Nagy’s Untitled (Space Modulator)
July 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Paint an abstract composition in brightly hued and black acrylics on clear transparencies.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Composition (detail), n.d. (ca. 1922-23). Paper collage on paper, SBMA, Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Mack.

Moholy–Nagy’s Composition
August 9, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Create a collage using colored and metallic papers on a dark background.




Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Composition (detail), n.d. (ca. 1922-23). Paper collage on paper, SBMA, Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Mack.

Teen Master Class
Time, Space, Light, Plastic and Paint: Bauhaus-Inspired Set Design
Ages 13 – 16, June 29 – July 3, 9 am – 3pm

Be inspired by the Bauhaus — a school of design noted especially for a program that synthesized technology, craftsmanship, and design aesthetics. Experiment with a combination of industrial and traditional materials, such as plastic, metal, wood, paint, canvas, and light, to design and construct a set and develop a companion studio art activity, inspired by the versatile and prolific Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy. This class is inspired by the exhibition The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come on view July 5 – September 27, 2015.

SBMA's Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
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Lecture by Guest Curator Joyce Tsai
Sunday, July 5, 3 pm

Joyce Tsai, guest curator of the exhibition, discusses the work of László Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus professor, theorist, and visionary multi-media artist. Her talk examines the challenges he faced as an artist in exile, working in an age of both technological progress and of catastrophe. Examining the work he produced in his final years in the U.S., Tsai shows how Moholy attempted to rescue the technological promise of his age in the modest medium of painting.
Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members / $10 Non-Members / $6 Senior Non-Members

Free Music Academy Concert Series
Thursdays, July 9,16,23,30; August 6, 2 pm

Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows.
Mary Craig Auditorium

Complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance. No advance ticket distribution

Film Series
Light Play and Abstract City
Thursdays, July 30; August 13, 20, 5:30 pm

Programmed by Peter Bloom, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Colin Gardner, Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, this three-part film series addresses Moholy-Nagy’s involvement with cinema as filmmaker, production designer, and participant in the wide-ranging context of interwar, avant-garde art and documentary filmmaking culture, and highlights the function of urban space, abstraction, light play, and experimental design.

Mary Craig Auditorium

Stick Performance by Emmett Chapman
Thursday, August 6, 5:30 – 7 pm

Emmett Chapman, the inventor of this acoustic, 10-stringed instrument, takes the stage with two other Stick prodigies: Bob Culbertson and Don Schiff. Each lends their unique improvisational sensibility to accompanying Moholy-Nagy’s kinetic light sculpture, Light Prop, as recorded in a video and displayed on screen, and riffing on music of the early 20th-century avant-garde.

Mary Craig Auditorium


Lecture by Jan Tichy
Thursday, August 27, 5:30 pm

Jan Tichy, artist and Assistant Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound, and photography. Tichy is known for his dynamic use of projected light and video in installations that incorporate objects and architecture. He discusses his work as an artist and educator in relation to Moholy-Nagy and the politics of light.
Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members / $10 Non-Members / $6 Senior Non-Members
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