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for High School Students ages 15-18:
Teaching Assistant Program applications will be available after January 1, 2014
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 and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.
ArtVenture Camps 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. The site offers programs for students age 5-12 during winter and spring break, and for children age 5-14 during the summer, in an atmosphere where creativity, studio art practices, and fun combine to create an enriching experience.
For more information email Rachael Krieps email@example.com or call 884.6441
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm
Family 1st Thursdays, 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 8pm.
John Divola: As Far As I Could Get
Running Dog Collages
Make running dog multiples on colored vellum by tracing images with Sharpie markers, and adding texture with graphite.
Sundays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
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.
All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum
John Divola's Images of Running Dogs
Create a chalk pastel landscape on tan paper using masking shapes, then stencil John Divola-inspired running dogs into your composition.
Claude Monet, Charring Cross Bridge (detail), 1899. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Katharine Dexter McCormick in memory of her husband, Stanley R. McCormick; John Divola, 74V62 (detail), from the series "Vandalism", 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist. Al Held, Brughes II (detail), n.d. Acrylic on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Carol L. Valentine.
What happens when art meets science? Learn more about the Museum's permanent collection and participate in hybrid hands on activities designed by our team of Museum Teaching Artists and their scientific "lab partners."
The Sci-Art installation is equal parts scientific laboratory and art studio. How do we see color? What can running dogs teach us about physics? How can a bag of flour emulate the stars?
Learn, discover, build, and create as we explore the thread between imagination and reality.
Family Resource Center
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.
For the 24th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, 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.
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
Bank of America, Shelby Bowen, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Estate of June Celmayster, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Christine and Robert Emmons, Estates of Jean and Howard Fenton, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, High Tide Foundation, Kirby-Jones Foundation, June and William Kistler, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Little One Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Montecito Bank & Trust, Rita and Steven Moya, Françoise and James Park, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Southern California Edison, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Evan C. Thompson Foundation, The Towbes Foundation, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Susan and Hubert Vos, Wells Fargo Foundation, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.