Two Rivers family Sundays
Art can make you smart.
Staff at the Two Rivers Gallery are turning up the education dial of their weekly family art workshop Family Sundays.
Jennifer Krawczyk, public programs assistant at the gallery, has been running the drop-in seminar for the past two years. She says the focus of Family Sunday has changed to include more of an educational aspect.
The number of attendees has dropped from as high as 50 people for the two hour session when the new gallery opened, down to its current level of 15.
“The novelty has worn off. It’s not a new facility anymore, so we’re trying to do things to bring people back.”
Krawczyk plans to link the art fun upstairs with the displays in the galleries downstairs. Of the four projects a month, two will be based on the gallery’s current exhibitions. The other two projects will focus on a famous historical artist and explore their techniques.
For example, on January 25 children will have fun constructing crazy sculptures based on the mixed-media sculptures of Toronto artist Tony Calzetta. Calzetta’s display War Stories for Children and Art Stories for Adults is on display at Two Rivers until February 29.
“Another fun one we have coming up in May will be Michaelangelo painting – we’ll actually paint lying down on our backs with the work above us.”
Krawczyk comes up with the ideas for the workshop and says they require a little research and thought on how to adapt it for children as young as two.
“It’s altering them enough so that they get the concept, and use some of the same techniques – but at more of an age appropriate level.”
In addition to the Calzetta Sunday, January will also feature etching based on Polish-born artist Lesek Wyczolkowski on January 11 and a study of Christo, the artist who covered an entire Colorado valley with orange cloth on January 18. In February, learn about Paul Klee and create one-line wire sculptures, February 1; Courbet knife paintings, February 8; Tony Calzetta cartoon-based paintings, February 22; and clay sculpting based on the work of Rodin, February 29.
Krawczyk encourages all children to come to Family Sunday.
“It’s creative – it’s not TV – and it gives them a chance to try materials that you can’t try at home – or even in schools.”
Family Sundays is free with the cost of admission.