A prototype of the kind of artwork students will be making inspired by Erika Verzutti’s “Mineral.” (Courtesy the Tang Teaching Museum)
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has announced their summer program of educational art activities for school-age children at libraries around the Capital Region, and on Saturdays at the Tang.
The Tang Teaching Museum’s traveling program to libraries will feature a hands-on art project in keeping with the libraries’ science theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Working with the principles of balance and center of gravity, and inspired by a recently exhibited work of art called “Study for a Monument,” by Gayle Wells Mandle (Skidmore College Class of 1963) and her daughter, Julia Mandle, library-goers age 5 and older will make free-standing sculptures out of craft sticks, covered wire, wax sticks, and more.
A full schedule of the free library programs is below. Materials will be provided. Please contact the individual libraries for more information or to make reservations.
The Tang also offers children ages 5 and older a chance to express their creativity in the museum through its Family Saturdays programs. These free programs use current exhibitions as a starting point to give children (and their adult companions) the opportunity to express their creativity in fun and inspiring ways. Family Saturdays run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. over seven Saturdays this summer (on July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23). Each program includes a brief tour followed by a hands-on art activity, with all materials provided. Space is limited. Reservations can be made starting one week before the program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.
“I love all the programs we offer in the summer,” says Ginger Ertz, the Tang Teaching Museum’s Educator. “The joy in the faces of the hundreds of children we work with — as they look at images of art, gush with ideas while talking about the artwork and, finally, create their own works — is just infectious. Engaged from beginning to end, the children have fun and learn at the same time!”
Tang Teaching Museum’s Library Program for 2014
Museum educators from the Tang Teaching Museum will lead an art program at the following locations for children age 5 and older. All programs are free and art-making materials will be provided. Please contact the library for more information and to make reservations.
Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Diver Library, 136 Main St., Schaghticoke, NY 12154, 518-753-4344
Thursday, July 10, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main St. Mechanicville, NY 12118, 518-664-4646
Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Grafton Community Library, 2455 New York 2, Grafton, NY 12082, 518-279-0580
Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12210, 518-427-4310
Wednesday, July 16, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway Watervliet, NY 12189,518-274-4471
Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street Amsterdam, NY 12010, 518-842-1080
Thursday, July 17, (tentative time) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Town of Ballston Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027, 518-399-8174 ext. 8
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Hills Br, Alb. Public Library, 517 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203, 518-482-7911
Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., E. Greenbush Library, 10 Community Way East Greenbush, NY 12061, 518-477-7476 ext. 106
Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Hadley Luzerne Library, 19 Main St, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846, 518-696-3423
Thursday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Nassau Free Library, 18 Church St, Nassau, NY 12123, 518-766-2715
Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Greenwich Library, 148 Main Street Greenwich, NY 12834, 518-692-7157
Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Crandall Library, Glens Falls, 251 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Girl Scout Camp/Galway
Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga Rd. Galway, N.Y. 12074, 518-882-6385
Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, 518-439-9314 Ext. 3033
Thursday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065, (518)371-8622
Thursday, July 31, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Howe br, Albany public, 105 Schuyler St, Albany, NY 12202, 518-472-9485
Friday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Poestenkill Library, 9 Plank Rd, Poestenkill, NY 12140, 518-283-3721
Friday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Scotia branch, Sch’dy library, 14 Mohawk Ave, Scotia, NY 12302, 518-386-2247
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Brunswick Community Library, 4118 New York 2, Troy, NY 12180, 518-279-4023
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Altamont Free Library, 177-181 Main St, Altamont, NY 12009, 518-861-7239
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Queensbury parks & rec , Gurney park, outdoor, 518-761-8214
Thursday, Aug. 7, 3:30 p.m. – 4: 30 p.m., Albany public, Delaware Branch, 331 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209, 518-463-0254
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Stony Creek Library, 37 Harrisburg Rd, Stony Creek NY, 518-696-5911
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa, NY, 12020, 518-885-5022
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rotterdam branch, Sch’dy library, 1100 N. Westcott Road Schenectady, NY 12306, 518-356-3440
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Duane Branch, Sch’dy library, 1331 State Street Schenectady, NY 12304, 518-386-2242
Thursday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Schuylerville Library, 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville NY 12871, 518-695-6641
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., North Creek Library, 219 Main St., North Creek, NY 518-251-4343
Tang Teaching Museum’s Family Saturday Programs for Summer 2014
The Tang’s series of seven Family Saturday programs accompany work in our exhibitions this summer. The free programs run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the Saturdays below, and are for children 5 and older, with an adult companion. Reservations are encouraged and can be made starting one week in advance by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.
July 12 — Glittering Geodes
We will look at and discuss Erika Verzutti’s geode-like sculptures in her solo exhibition Mineral, then make our own geodes out of Model Magic clay, beads and more, inspired by her work.
July 19 — Graphic Alphabets
We will look at Kay Rosen’s huge painting Wanderful! painted directly on the wall in I was a double, then create whimsical graphic art using alphabet stamps and stencils for imagery. Note: This is a drop-in event, 1-4 p.m. as part of the daylong Frances Day, a celebration of the Tang museums namesake with music, art-making and artists talks from noon to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. No reservations required.
July 26 — Geometry with Pizzazz
Inspired by Stanley Whitney’s irregular grid paintings (Untitled), and Regina Bogat’s diamond-shaped paintings (Fusaro) in I was a double, we will create geometric collages out of a variety of bright and sparkling materials.
Aug. 2 — Abstract Sculpture
After discussing Beverly Semmes’s ceramic sculptures such as Cake in her solo exhibition Beverly Semmes: FRP, we will create abstract sculptures out of pipe-cleaners (chenille stems), using the shapes of hers as inspiration.
Aug. 9 — Puppets with Wild Hair
After looking at and discussing Jeff Sonhouse’s surprising portraits in his solo exhibition Jeff Sonhouse: Slow Motion, we will be inspired by his use of color, pattern and unexpected materials in creating our puppets. Hint: Curly chenille will be plentiful!
Aug. 16 — Make a Mini Sofa
Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson have created a new seating installation of custom couches for our exhibition I was a double. We will make whimsical mini-sofas and chairs inspired by their work.
Aug. 23 — Form and Color
Ruth Vollmer’s colorful and translucent Plexiglas sculpture Intersecting Ovals in I was a double will be the inspiration for our sculptural work of intersecting shapes.
Information for this post came from The Saratogian.