Palmer Museum of Art announces 2013 workshops

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Palmer Museum of Art has announced summer 2013 workshops for children, youth, adults and teachers. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited -- participants are encouraged to register early.
 
Workshop for Children and Youth: Metamorphic Me: Self-Portraits Inspired by Leon Kelly

When: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15

Explore the stylistic diversity of Leon Kelly’s works and discuss ideas about metamorphosis and change in the exhibition "Suspended Contemplation: Drawings and Watercolors by Leon Kelly," then head to the studio! Under the guidance of museum educator Lillian Lewis, participants will develop self-portraits that utilize contemporary materials to create unique drawings, which will then be deconstructed and reassembled. The goal is to fuse Leon Kelly’s unique style with the tools and techniques used by illustrators and street artists working today. Recommended for ages 14-18. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Workshop for Teachers: Strategies of Engagement through Contemporary Portraiture

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 26 to 28, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 29

Preschool and K–12 art teachers are invited to spend four summer days exploring contemporary portraiture and self-portraiture in the collection of the Palmer Museum of Art. Participants will co-develop theoretical and practical approaches to incorporating contemporary art into their curricula; discuss readings on contemporary art, museums and curriculum; engage in group discussions, in-gallery experiences, and studio projects; and take away new information and images for classroom use.

Facilitated by B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education, and Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education. Act 48 credits are being offered through the Pennsylvania School Study Council, or educators may enroll in Art Education 597A: Professional Development Summer Institute to participate in the institute followed by a six-week online course. Preregistration is required for either option; contact the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu.
 
Workshop for Children and Youth: Magnificent Mezzotints and Magical Monoprints

When: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6

This workshop will give students the opportunity to creatively investigate the exhibition "La Manière Anglaise: Mezzotints from the Permanent Collection" through a guided treasure hunt. Each participant will then make several monoprints based on their discoveries in the museum, using a reductive method similar to what artists use when creating mezzotints. This fun and exciting process allows students to investigate positive and negative space, consider the role of light, use their imaginations, and learn simple printmaking techniques. Facilitated by artist and art educator Natalia Pilato. Recommended for ages 9 to 12. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Workshop for Children and Youth: My Town: Special Spaces and Places in Central Pennsylvania

When: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20

From Your Town to Ours includes scenes from towns all across Pennsylvania. The prints often depict government and private buildings, local landmarks and the daily activities of residents. Participants in this workshop will look closely at the prints to discover their unique features, discuss the things that make their own town special, and utilize monotype and relief techniques to produce a set of personalized printed postcards. Facilitated by art educator Sue Uhlig. Recommended for ages 5 to 8. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Workshop for Adults: Stain, Wash, Splatter, and Soften: Basic Watercolor Techniques

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

The medium of watercolor looks deceptively simple, but is in fact very difficult to master. In this workshop, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society member and local artist Ruth Kempner will guide participants through Suspended Contemplation: Drawings and Watercolors by Leon Kelly and then gather back at the studio to introduce and practice beginner watercolor painting techniques on a variety of papers.
 
Workshop for Children and Youth: Paper Play with Pennsylvania Landscapes

When: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Artists have always been inspired by the places where they live and visit—and during this workshop, you will be inspired, too! The exhibition From Your Town to Ours includes a variety of beautiful Pennsylvania vistas to spark your imagination and encourage creativity. Working with art educator Heather Rayius Ramsay, participants will cut, fold, and glue flat sheets of paper and transform them into three-dimensional cut paper landscapes. Come play with paper at the Palmer! Recommended for ages 12 to 15. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Workshop for Adults: Mapping My Pennsylvania

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Inspired by the panoramic and bird’s-eye views of Pennsylvania towns and cities in "From Your Town to Ours: Pennsylvania Prints from the O’Connor-Yeager Collection Revisited," participants will use photographs, memory, and observation to create a map of a personally significant location in Pennsylvania. Participants are encouraged to bring along photographs of a favorite location in the state; they can then choose from a selection of images of local landmarks to create a monoprint that will incorporate both past and present in a one-of-a-kind map. Facilitated by museum educator Lillian Lewis.

Workshop participants should meet in the lobby. For more information on scheduled events, call 814-865-7672. The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. Closed Thursday, July 4, 2013.

The Palmer Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Chevron Corporation is proud to be the Palmer Museum of Art’s major corporate sponsor.
 
Children’s and family programs are partially funded by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education in the Palmer Museum of Art and the Ruth Anne and Ralph Papa Endowment. All other programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.
 
For more information or to request images, please contact Jennifer Feehan, coordinator of membership and public relations, at 814-863-9182 or jenfeehan@psu.edu.

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Last Updated June 11, 2013