Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours and hands-on art projects carefully planned to make the Museum’s exhibitions accessible to young children. The introduction of new materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art. By asking parents to serve as assistants, models, and collaborators in their children’s projects, Family Art JAMs create an enriching experience for the whole family. Reservations are required; drop-ins are permitted only if space is available. Call 434.243.2050 or email.
All Family Art JAMs are divided into the following sections:
1–3 pm: 5–7 year olds and their grownups
3–5 pm: 8–12 year olds and their grownups
Museum members: $15 for one adult and 1–2 children
Non-members: $20 for one adult and 1–2 children
$3 for each additional child or adult
Masking with Man Ray
Sunday, September 19
A tour of Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens is followed by an exploration of cyanotype printing with photographer Stacey Evans. Students create photographic negatives with various techniques, from found objects to drawing, and use light sensitive paper to print them.
Exploring African Masks
Sunday, October 17
Children view masks from the Museum’s collection in the exhibition African Art: Beyond the Modernist Lens, and talk about the materials and processes used to make them, as well as the ritual and meaning behind the masks. Sculpting wax, shells, beads, and raffia are used to create their own stylized human and animal masks.
Painting the Romantic Landscape
Sunday, November 21
What’s the difference between Classic and Romantic? Children learn to identify the various characteristics of each style while touring the exhibition From Classic to Romantic: British Art in and Age of Transition, and then paint their own landscape in the Romantic syle.
Artwork by young artists
These images were made by young artists participating in the May 6, 2010 Family Art JAM, African Masks.
These images were made by young artists participating in the January 24, 2010 Family Art JAM, Animal Statuary from the Collection.