Family Saturday: The Sixfold Symmetry of Snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley, Snowflake, 1900-1927, gold-chlorine toned microphotographs, 4 x 3 inches, Tang Teaching Museum collection

We will learn the history and science of snowflakes as we look at Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley’s gold-chlorine toned microphotographs from the early 20th century, in our exhibition Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science. Then with our new knowledge of the formation of crystals, we will make snowflakes out of chenille stems and crystal beads.

Family Saturdays foster multigenerational creative cooperation through looking at artwork, discussing it, and engaging in a hands-on art activity. Most programs run from 2:00 - 3:30 pm and include a tour of a specific exhibition.

All programs are free and open to the public, and suitable for children ages 5 and older, accompanied by their adult companions. Materials are provided. Reservations are required—for additional information and reservations, call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

Pattern by Emma Fritschel ’19
Inspired by the exhibition Twice Drawn
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.