Tang Teaching Museum Announces Summer 2021 Family Saturdays and Tang at Home Studio Events

Mid July – Mid August 2021

Prototype of Sarah Cain-inspired art-project Just Hangin’ Around by Tang Education intern Laura Bussemaker ’22

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (July 2, 2021) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the return of in-person Family Saturdays from July 17 to August 14. On each Family Saturday, there will be two sessions, at 1 and 3 pm.

Each 90-minute workshop includes looking at artwork in the museum’s exhibitions or collections, discussing and sharing ideas, and engaging in a hands-on art activity inspired by those conversations. Summer exhibitions include Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards and Opener 33: Sarah Cain —Enter the Center. They are suitable for children ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult companion.

The programs, which are free, run each Saturday from July 17 to August 14. Registration is required and is limited to 5 families for each session. To keep the workshops small, two sessions are offered each Saturday: from 1 to 2:30 pm and from 3 to 4:30 pm.

You can register beginning one week before each program. To register, call the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080. Be sure to include which session time you are signing up for.

The Tang welcomes visitors of all abilities. Be prepared to get messy and have fun!

Share your Family Saturday photos on social media by including #tangfamsat.

Questions?

Contact Sunny Ra, The Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs, via email at sra@skidmore.edu.

FAMILY SATURDAY SCHEDULE

July 17: Just Hangin’ Around

Explore artworks in Opener 33: Sarah Cain — Enter the Center and discuss how the artist uses a wide range of materials and how she layered them on canvas. Then we will gather materials ranging from yarn, fabric and specialty tapes to create our own abstract artworks that “hang out” like Sarah Cain’s!

July 24: You’ve Got Mail

Take a look at the postcards in the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, and see how Kelly created these collaged works and how they influenced his abstract paintings, sculptures, and prints. Afterward, we will create our own collages postcards that we can post to a friend with a special message.

July 31: What’s in a picture?

If you could style and curate your family portrait, what choices would you make? After looking at and discussing the stunning portraits by Malian artists Seydou Keïta on view in the exhibition Next to You and by Malick Sidibé from our collections, we will create our own portraits based on how we want to tell our stories through different kinds of art materials.

Sarah Cain, Martha, 2018, acrylic and UV seal on stretched and hanging canvas, 84 x 48 inches, collection of Beth Rudin DeWood

August 7: Symphony of Colors

This week, they will look at different pages of Sarah Cain’s music book, where the artist paints with gouache right on sheets of music! After thinking about possible relationships between how we experience color and music, we will create our own music sheets that continue to explore how color and music can influence and change the way we experience the world.

August 14: Jazz It Up!

This week, they will explore Ouattara Watts’ Wait Until Tomorrow and jazz musician Sun Ra’s album covers. Both artists push the boundaries of art in their own mediums, creating imaginary, symbolic and magical experiences. Let’s explore their worlds together and improvise our own artworks that use symbols, rhythm, lines, shapes, color, and sound as starting points of inspiration.

Tang at Home Studio

The Museum also announces the continuation of Tang at Home Studio, an online series of events that, like Family Saturdays, feature discussions about art, art-making, and sharing — all conducted via Zoom. Tang at Home Studios will be offered on Sundays from July 18 through August 15, with each 60-minute session beginning at 11 am. Registration is required. Visit the Tang website for more information at https://tang.skidmore.edu/education/tang-at-home#studio.

Tang at Home Studio gives kids and their families the chance to explore their creativity, make new things, and share their artwork with peers! Each online session lasts one hour and includes a guided exploration of an artwork, information about the artist, and a hands-on art project led by Sunny Ra, The Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs, with assistance from Skidmore College student interns.

How does it work?

To ensure a fun sharing environment, registration is required. The live Sunday sessions are best suited for kids ages 5-12 and their adult companions, but everyone is welcome!

Registration opens on the Tang website on the Monday before each Sunday session. Then you can explore, learn, and prepare materials. On the Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we will gather on Zoom to discuss our ideas about the artwork, engage in an art-making activity, and share our creations!

For the best experience, log in via computer instead of a mobile device, if possible. This will enhance each participant’s ability to view artwork and videos, and to engage in conversations with one other.

How do I register?

Registration will be available through a link posted on the Tang website at http://tang.skidmore.edu on Monday for that week’s session. Registration is free. To register, you will be asked for your name, email address, the number of participants, the name or names of your child or children, their ages, and your ZIP code. Once you register, you will receive project instructions, a list of materials, and a link to Sunday’s Zoom meeting. Register early, as space is limited.

Questions?

Contact Sunny Ra, The Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs, via email at sra@skidmore.edu.

TANG AT HOME STUDIO SCHEDULE

July 18: Scrolled Stories

We will explore artworks by Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander and discuss how she combines Indo-Persian manuscript painting with contemporary art practice in a wide range of forms including painting, drawing, animation, and installation. After looking at her works, we will create our own scroll-styled artwork that tells our own unique story.

Ellsworth Kelly, Nose / Sailboat, 1974, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, collection of Jack Shear, copyright Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

July 25: Check Your Mailbox!

We will take a look at the postcards in the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, and see how Kelly created these collaged works and how they influenced his abstract paintings, sculptures, and prints. Afterward, we will create our own collages postcards that we can post to a friend with a special message.

August 1: What’s in a picture?

We will look at and discuss the artwork by Nigerian born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, whose works explore her multicultural background. After taking a close look at her large body of works and her use of a wide range of media such as collage, digital images and paint, we will create our own multilayered artwork that expresses our identity.

August 8: Colorful Music

This week, we will look at different pages of Sarah Cain’s music book, in which the artist paints with gouache right on sheets of music! After thinking about possible relationships between how we experience color and music, we will create our own music sheets that continue to explore how color and music can influence and change the way we experience the world.

August 15: Magical Abstraction

This week, we will explore Ouattara Watts’ Wait Until Tomorrow and jazz musician Sun Ra’s album covers. Both artists push the boundaries of art in their own mediums, creating imaginary, symbolic and magical experiences. Let’s explore their worlds together and improvise our own artworks that uses symbols, rhythm, lines, shapes, color and sound as starting points of inspiration.

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