SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (July 7, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites kids and their families to an all-new four-week summer art-making series — Tang at Home Studio!
This series, which opens for registration on Monday, July 13, will take place online to ensure the health and safety of all. Tang at Home Studio, our newest initiative to bring the Tang Museum experience into the community, gives young art-makers the chance to explore their creativity, make new things, and share their artwork online! Each week includes an at-home art project and a real-time online gathering led by Tang Museum Educator Sunny Ra. Check out descriptions of each week below.
Each Monday morning we will open up registrations on the Tang website for a fun and creative challenge. Everyone will have all week to explore, learn, and create. Then on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, we will gather online via zoom for more fun activities and to share our creations!
To ensure a fun sharing environment, registration is required and the number of participants will be limited. The live Friday sessions are best suited for kids ages 5 to 12 and their adult companions, but everyone is welcome!
Registration is free. A link to register will be posted on the Tang website each Monday for that week’s events. You will be asked for your name, the number of participants, the name or names of your child or children, their ages, your ZIP code, and the name of that week’s activity. Once you register, you will receive project instructions, a list of materials, and a link to Friday’s Zoom meeting. Register early, as space is limited.
Week 1: Abstract Shadow Drawing
Have you ever wondered how to make an abstract drawing? Try using shadows! Watch a video in which Museum Educator Sunny Ra creates a shadow drawing from nature. Follow the instructions to make your own. Then, on Friday, July 17, login to the Zoom event to share your abstract shadow drawings!
Week 2: Dance with Beehive
This movement workshop is inspired by Beehive, a film created by artists Frank Moore and Jim Self that depicts a future world in which humans have merged with bees. Participants will watch the video on the Tang website ahead of the Friday live session, which will be led by Caroline Coxe, the 2019-20 Eleanor Linder Winter Endowed Intern and curator of the current exhibition Lover Earth. Get ready to bust a move with us on July 24!
Week 3: Fluttering Butterflies
If you were a butterfly, free to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go? This week, we explore with Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté’s textile artwork Métamorphose de papillon, which is French for “metamorphosis of the butterfly.” Using Konaté’s artwork as inspiration, you’ll create your own butterfly by following instructions by Museum Educator Sunny Ra. Then we will see you at the adventure-filled Zoom session on July 31.
Week 4: Wrapped in Tradition
The United States is a nation with people from many countries and cultures – cultures which can be expressed in clothes and costumes. This week, we’ll explore the artist Wendy Red Star’s Spring [from Four Seasons]. In this photograph, Red Star is wearing an Elk Tooth Dress that tells an important story about her native Crow heritage. This week, create an outfit that expresses what’s important to you. Find different articles of clothing that describe traditions, memories and things that tell your story. When we meet on Friday, August 7, we will share and talk about how what we wear can be a powerful form of self-expression.
The Museum building may be closed, but we are open online. The Tang Teaching Museum is practicing social distancing by keeping the building closed while the staff is working remotely. We continue to monitor the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the health and safety of our staff and the community. Tang staff are launching online initiatives on the website and social media, expanding exhibition pages with rich content, and developing a wealth of art-making activities that bring the Tang experience into people's homes. Be sure to check the Tang homepage for the latest updates at http://tang.skidmore.edu or sign up for our email newsletter. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.