Palmer Museum of Art announces summer 2014 workshops

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Palmer Museum of Art will hold summer 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, so register early.

10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21
Workshops for Children and Youth: "Exploring the Optical"

Together with art educator Madison Mock, participants will explore "Seeing America: Photographs from the Permanent Collection" while considering the optical technology used in creating photographs. Long before photographers discovered how to capture images on light-sensitive paper, artists used a device called a camera obscura to project images from life and make precise drawings. In this workshop, we will combine the past and present by making a camera obscura that doubles as a projector for a smartphone. Please bring a shoebox to the workshop for this project. Recommended for ages 7-12. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 27
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28
Workshop for Teachers: "Dialogic Pedagogy and Meaning-Making through Contemporary Art"

The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art is a free professional development institute at Penn State. Preschool and K-12 art teachers are invited to spend five summer days exploring the pedagogical spaces created within the practices of dialogic meaning-making. The institute is a means to put theory into practice by exploring themes on the relationship between the body, dialogic teaching practices and contemporary art. Participants will co-develop approaches to incorporating contemporary art into their curricula; discuss readings on contemporary art, pedagogical theory, 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 Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education, and B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education. Act 48 credits are available, or educators may enroll in Art Education 597A: Professional Development Summer Institute to participate in the institute followed by a five-week online course. Preregistration is required for either option; contact the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu.

10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28
Workshops for Children and Youth: "The Art of the 'Selfie'"

Digital technology influences the way we capture images and present ourselves to the world. Join instructor Alice Teeple for a walk-through of "Seeing America: Photographs from the Permanent Collection" and portraits in the permanent collection, and then combine aspects of both by taking selfies and altering the images with multiple applications. Participants are asked to bring a tablet or a smartphone and download a small number of photography apps before the class begins. Recommended for ages 6-10. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Workshops for Adults: "Painting Alla Prima

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The medium of oil paint has been used for centuries to depict subject matter with depth, light and color. Paintings are generally created in one setting with the alla prima (Italian for at first attempt) technique, as layers of wet paint are quickly applied over previous layers. In this workshop, participants will view oil paintings at the museum, and then painter Sarah Swist will engage participants in the process of creating an alla prima canvas of their own.

10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26
Workshops for Children and Youth: "Western Places and Spaces

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In this workshop inspired by "Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier," students will view paintings, watercolors and drawings of the American West, and then discuss their understandings of places west of the Mississippi River. Art educator Sue Uhlig will lead an investigation into the concept of place by helping students map locations and write a poem or short narrative based on works of art. In the studio, workshop participants will create a mixed-media landscape using watercolor and collage methods to illustrate their own wondrous place. Recommended for ages 6-10. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 31
Workshops for Children and Youth: "Design It, Build It, Use It: Discover Origami and Engineering

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Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” In this workshop, children will be guided through a series of activities that investigate the science behind various art mediums. Children will be asked to think and work like artists and engineers through demonstrations and hands-on activities, facilitated by Penn State’s multiyear National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant team and Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education. By exploring all of these ideas together, young learners will have the opportunity to experience how magical art and engineering can be. Recommended for ages 6-8. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9
Workshops for Adults: "Luminous Landscape: Basics of Color Palette Control and Composition

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In this workshop, art educator MinSoo Kim-Bossard will guide participants through "Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier" and emphasize viewing and analyzing landscapes. The studio component will provide an opportunity to learn beginner landscape composition principles and the basics of color palette control using acrylic paints.

10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16
Workshops for Children and Youth: "Playful Prints: Exploring Printmaking Techniques

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After viewing "Mining the Store: American Prints from the Permanent Collection," participants will explore various printmaking techniques with a range of materials under the guidance of art educator MinSoo Kim-Bossard. Participants will learn about the basic principles of printmaking through artful and playful explorations of found objects from nature and a variety of art materials. Recommended for ages 5-8. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

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. It will be closed Friday, July 4.

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.

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.

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Last Updated June 16, 2014