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The ArtVenture After-School Program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of art fundamentals such as drawing, painting, sculpting, color, and composition while directly connecting to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s current exhibitions. As students create art, they build confidence, become actively familiar with the Museum, and learn visual thinking strategies which enhance communication, visual literacy skills, and critical thinking across all curriculum areas.

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. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters, sculptors, a children's book illustrator and a ceramicist who are all experienced art educators.

ArtVenture Camps, After-School Classes & Holiday Workshops take place at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, the Museum's off-site facility dedicated to hands-on art education for children.

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Family 1st Thursday
Thursdays, 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.

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, 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.


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.

Is It Art or Science?
The Carousel of Physics

Image credit: Bria Little

What is the Carousel of Physics?
The Carousel of Physics is a rotating kinetic sculpture about 11 feet in diameter, built on a metal skeleton, and divided into 15 thematically linked Sectors. The metal skeleton houses the computers, electronics, and mechanical devices that power the sculpture.  The visible surfaces display laser-cut and 3-D printed shapes, devices, and mechanisms that showcase both art and science.  The sculpture has been aesthetically designed with a nod to the red, yellow, and blue palette and geometric shapes of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian of the De Stijl art movement.

A team of four Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy seniors collaborated with mentors to design, fabricate, and program each of the 15 Sectors of the Carousel of Physics.  This sculpture is the capstone project that combines elements of computer programming, engineering physics, art and design, and machining that they have studied over four years in the Engineering Academy.

Each sector demonstrates a branch of physics, including sound, waves, light, electromagnetism, kinematics, fluids, and more.

On View at the following days and hours:
August 20 - October 4
Thursdays 5 - 8 pm
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11 - 5 pm

Family Resource Center


Free Family Guides: Now Available at the Visitors Services Desks
Free family guides for the permanent collection and special exhibitions help parents and children explore the galleries together. New guides are produced several times a year that feature guided looking questions, gallery games, sketching activities and family friendly information on artists and exhibition themes.

Free Family Days
Día de los Muertos
October 25, 2015, 1 – 4pm
For the 27th year, the Museum 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.

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Free Family Days and all other Family Programs are made possible through the generosity of the Schlosser Family Trust. Additional support for the Dia de los Muertos Free Family Day is provided by Wells Fargo.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their
contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:

Schlosser Family Trust

Jane and Ken Anderson, The Arvey Foundation, Gwen and Henry Baker, Bank of America, Hiroko Benko, Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr., Patricia and Richard Blake, Sheila and Richard Bonsignore, Shelby Bowen, Susan D. Bowey, California Arts Council, Zora and Les Charles, Gordon B. Crary, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Dalaney, Suzanne and Tom Deardorff Family, Julia Delgado M.D., Jane Eagleton, Echelon Video, Betsy and Roy Edwards, Lois Erburu, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Martha and John Gabbert, Dorothy and John Gardner, Arthur R. Gaudi, Diane and Mike Giles, Paul Guido, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, Perri Harcourt, Anne and Houston Harte, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, Lorna S. Hedges, High Tide Foundation, Shirley Ann and James H. Hurley, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Susan and Palmer Jackson Family, Gina and Joe Jannotta, Junior League of Santa Barbara, Kind World Foundation, Kirby-Jones Foundation, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Sharon and John Light, Little One Foundation, Lucifer Lighting Company, The Luria Family Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Jennifer and John Markham Family, Siri and Bob Marshall, Sheila and Frank McGinity, Gretchen and Marshall Milligan, Montecito Bank & Trust, Peggy and Dudley Morris, Mosher Foundation, Jillian and Peter Muller Family, Françoise and James Park, Joanne Pearson, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Thomas Rollerson and Michael Erickson, Regina and Rick Roney, Savoir Faire Catering, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Susan and Arthur W. Schultz, Laura and Craig Shelburne Family, Stephanie and Fred Shuman, Southern California Edison, Marianne Sprague, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Steele Family Foundation, Stone Family Foundation, Diane and Selby Sullivan, Target, Connie Frank and Evan C. Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, Jeanne G. Towles, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Patricia J. Van Every, Susan and Hubert Vos, Tim Walsh and Mike Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Williams-Corbett Foundation, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.


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