Art Programs for the Young and Young at Heart

By: Erin Heiling

Art ProgramsWith school back in session and minds in full gear, Paine Art Center and Gardens has a variety of educational opportunities to feed the brains and the souls of the young and the young at heart.

Beginning in June, the Paine premiered a traveling exhibition, Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Although more often known for his paintings and sculptures, this exhibit features over 60 prints by Henri Matisse, one of the most famous artists of the 21st century. The works will be on display until October 19, and during the final month of the Matisse as Printmaker exhibit, the Paine is pleased to offer a series of programs exploring the artwork and life of Matisse.

An Artist’s Perspective
Gallery Talk by Benjamin D. Rinehart, Associate Professor of Art, Lawrence University
Saturday, October 4, Main Gallery, Noon – 12:30 pm
Join multimedia artist and printmaker Benjamin Rinehart for an informal, engaging walk through the exhibition as he shares his thoughts about Matisse as Printmaker from an artist’s perspective.

The Artist and His Muse
Gallery Talk by Laura Fiser, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Friday, October 17, Main Gallery, Noon – 12:30 pm

The human figure was a favorite subject for Matisse, and many artworks in the exhibition feature a model posed in the artist’s studio. The Paine’s Curator will shed light on Matisse’s models and the collaborative relationship developed between artist and muse.

Programs require paid admission to the Paine (free for members); no reservation necessary.

In addition, The Paine Art Center and Gardens is pleased to announce a new schedule of fun and creative activities planned for September through mid-November, 2014 in the Family Discovery Gallery. In coordination with local artists, community members, teachers and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, the Paine’s Family Programs encourage children to learn about art, architecture and horticulture in new ways. “We are thrilled to be a fun source of education for kids by offering hands-on activities teaching more about art, architecture, and gardens,” says Kelli Marsicek, Marketing Coordinator.

Weather permitting, there is also a children’s Nature Exploration Station outdoors in the Paine’s shade garden that offers fun hands-on activities about the environment, equipped with magnifying glasses, binoculars, plant and animal identification cards, and much more.

Scissors and Paper Plus Nature
With Mackenzie Smith
October 4

The artwork in the Paine’s Salon Gallery by Henri Matisse show how he used very colorful shapes to create artwork. Mackenzie Smith wants you to use inspiration from Matisse to fill a large paper with all the colors and shapes you can imagine. Join her outside at our Nature Exploration field station where she will have supplies ready for you.

Leaf Projects
With Jessica Kelly-Paul
October 11

Before you can create art today you will have to head outside and gather some fall leaves. Bright red maples, bronze oaks, golden birch and gingko leaves can be easily found in the Paine gardens. When your container is full, join Jessica Kelly-Paul and discover what fun things you can do with this colorful pile of foliage.

Mini Pumpkin Art
With Danielle Lokken
October 18

Today “mini” is “more”! Decorate some tiny orange gourds using the MYSTERY box of supplies Danielle Lokken will be bringing to the Family Discovery Gallery. Maybe you want a traditional pumpkin face made with markers or you might want to search in her box and pull out??? Well, part of the fun is being brave enough to reach in and grab the unknown!

Who’s afraid of the dark?
With Mollie Turchan
October 25

As our daylight hours dwindle, we need a little extra light to help guide us along our way, indoors or out. Complete this project with Mollie Turchan and you will have just what you need – a small lantern with an LED light. No need to fear a gloomy path anymore!

With Danielle Lokken
November 1

Today’s project may be hard to spell, but there is no difficulty in the simple twisting motion that tumbles tiny bits and creates wonderful patterns of colors. To get started, Danielle Lokken has those tiny plastic bits you will need plus mirrors and the tubes to twist. Add you own design on the outside of your kaleidoscope and let the rolling fun begin! (Note: this project contains small pieces and is not suitable for very young children.)

Fall Reflections
With Jessica Kelly-Paul
November 8

Many of the trees in our area have lost their leaves – a sure sign that winter is on the way. It’s time to paint a memory of the beautiful fall colors and reflect on the last days we spend outside before we need warm hats and mittens. This easy painting project with Jessica Kelly-Paul will give you practice in blending colors and amaze you with the lovely results!

Family Programs are offered on Saturdays in the Family Discovery Gallery on a drop-in basis from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The programs are geared for children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. Programs are free with admission to the Paine (free for Paine members and Big Brothers Big Sisters participants).

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HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-4:00 pm | Closed Mondays and major holidays

ADMISSION Adult: $9 Youth (5-17): $5 Children under 5 and Paine members: FREE

Erin Heiling studied art at Indiana University and stays involved through photography, design and writing.

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