Summer Art Classes at Crystal Bridges

CB Summer Art Classes blog 2012

If you’re still looking to fill in your kids’ schedules for the summer, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has art classes for children and teens. Three-day classes or single-day workshops for children ages 6 to 12 and teens 13 to 18 are offered in a variety of art forms.

See the full schedule of classes and registration information at CrystalBridges.org.

Crystal Bridges has tons of other programming as well, including an ongoing outdoor series focusing on landscape, an artful Family Sunday program, and Art Night Out, an evening event for adults.

Here are a few examples of greats programs you can catch the rest of this month.

Wednesday through Friday, June 13 through 15, Noon to 2 p.m.
Gallery Safari, ages 6 to 9

Put on your safari hat—yes, we’ll provide one!—and roam the galleries on the hunt for interesting animals and plants. Back in the studio, create two- and three-dimensional works of art based on your safari finds. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount

Wednesday through Friday, June13 through 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wearable Art, ages 10 to 12

The clothing and jewelry, hats and hairdos that you see in the Museum’s works of art tell interesting stories about their wearers. Design and create wearable works of art that make a statement about you! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
Wednesday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries Class | Studying the Neo-Classical Bronze Figure
Bronze sculptors of the late 1800s used neo-classical techniques, combined with imagery from stories and fables, to explore the shape of the female figure. Students will study bronze figure sculptures in the Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery, including Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s Roses of Yesterday, John Bradley Storrs’s Night and Day, and Alexander Stirling Calder’s Stretching Girl.
The class begins near the main entrance of the Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery.
Guided by a teaching artist, each 90-minute session provides instruction on a different topic. We will provide paper and pencils, but you are welcome to bring your own sketchbook. Pencils are the only drawing tool allowed in the galleries. Tickets: $10 per session for non-Members | 10% discount for Members
Thursday, June 14, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Gallery Talk | Interpreting Thomas Cole and His Writings
Speaker: Curator of American Art Kevin Murphy
Interact with the paintings of Thomas Cole through his writing. Curator of American Art Kevin Murphy will discuss the history of Cole’s collection of artworks such as The Last Shepherd, and examine the visual messages through literary records. The talk is located in the exhibition, New Frontier: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America, located in the Upper Gallery. This exhibition is a joint collaboration between the Louvre, High Museum, Crystal Bridges, and the Terra Foundation.
Sunday, June 17, noon to 5 p.m.
(Drop-In Studio open to Members at 11 a.m.)
Family Sunday | Celebrating Art and Nature

Enjoy musical performances by Trout Fishing in America, the four-time-grammy-nominated family folk/rock band, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Great Hall, plus art-making activities, family Yoga classes provided by Yoga Story, a gallery challenge, and a child-friendly tour during this museum-wide afternoon for families. Most activities are geared toward children ages 5 to 12. No tickets are required. Family Sunday is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Member Monday
Museum Members are invited to meet at the coffee bar at 10:30 a.m. to purchase a cup of coffee or other beverage and then gather in one of the Museum’s function rooms for an informal discussion with Director of Communications Laura Jacobs beginning at 11 a.m.
Monday, June 18, noon to 1 p.m.
Outdoor Spotlight Talk | Preserving a Natural Spring’s Beauty
Speaker: Horticulturist Cody George and University of Arkansas Geoscience Professor Van Brahana

Crystal Bridges’ name originates from Crystal Spring, a natural spring located just south of the Museum. Gather at Crystal Spring to discuss the Museum’s efforts to preserve the area’s rock beds and plant life with Horticulturist Cody George and University of Arkansas Department of Geosciences Professor Van Brahana. Meet Cody George at the South Lobby entrance at 11:45 p.m. He will lead you to the location near Crystal Spring.

Mondays, June 18, June 25, July 2, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Class for Youth (ages 10 to 13) | Abstract Expressionism

Learn about artists in the Museum’s collection who were important to the development of Abstract Expressionism, experiment with various painting techniques, and create a final work in this three-part class. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $45 for non-Members | 10% discount for Members

Wednesday through Friday, June 20 through 22
Pattern Play
Noon to 2 p.m., ages 6 to 9

Discover how artists play with pattern in their work, then create and use a plethora of patterns back in the studio as you work in painting, drawing, and collage. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
2:30 to 4:30 p.m., ages 10 to 12
Discover how artists play with pattern in their work, then create and use a plethora of patterns back in the studio as you work in painting, drawing, and collage. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
Wednesday, June 20, 6 to 7 p.m.
Members’ Event | WOW
Attention members and guests: Museum Members are invited to join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero in the Museum’s Great Hall to discuss works from the collection paired with samples of drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Eleven. Open to members ages 21 and up. Cost: $30. Seating is limited. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. To register, email membership@crystalbridges.org.
Saturday, June 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
Workshop for Youth (ages 13 to 18) | Pop Art
Discover and discuss this fascinating art movement in the gallery and studios. Participants will communicate their own ideas through the creation of both two- and three-dimensional artworks. Space is limited and Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $45 for non-Members | 10% discount for Members
Saturday, June 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
Young Patrons Event | Artmazing Race
Open to Members of the Young Patrons affinity group and their guests. Attention members and guests: Teams of Young Patrons Members and their guests will race to find hidden clues around the Museum Trails. Young Patrons is sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Miller Coors. Pre-registration required. To register, email Membership@crystalbridges.org
Wednesday through Friday, June 27 through 29
Garden Art
Noon to 2 p.m., ages 10 to 12
Make art designed to be outside! Create mosaics and more to brighten up your garden or yard. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
2:30 to 4:30 p.m., ages 6 to 9
Make art designed to be outside! Create mosaics and more to brighten up your garden or yard. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
Wednesday through Friday, June 27 through 29, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Nature Journaling, ages 10 to 12 (outdoor class)

Keeping a nature journal is a fantastic way to learn about the world around you, improve your drawing and observation skills, and have a unique record of your days. This class will take place mostly out of doors, on Crystal Bridges’ beautiful trails. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $60 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
Thursday, June 28, 7 to 10 p.m.
Art Night Out | Journey Into the Wild
Attention members and guests: Join us for our adults-only evening program, Art Night Out, and enjoy the rhythms of nature and art both inside and outside the Museum. Watch short experimental nature films by the Seedling Film Association, listen to live outdoor music performances and join a flashlight tour of the Crystal Spring Trail. Enjoy the exhibition “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision” and explore the intersection of art and literature with the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing, or enjoy a demonstration of watercolor landscape painting by artist Whitney Johnson. Tickets: $20 for non-Members | $15 for Members.
Saturday, June 30, 1 to 5 p.m.
Pattern in Art for Teens, ages 13 to 18
Discover how artists enrich their work through pattern and how your art can benefit; then create and use a plethora of patterns back in the studio as you work in painting, drawing, and collage. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost: $45 for non-Members, 10% Member discount
 
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