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Palmer Museum of Art Offers Summer Workshops for All Ages

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In a Palmer gallery. Photo by Ana Zelada.

The Palmer Museum of Art will hold summer workshops for children, youth, adults and teachers. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or dck10@psu.edu. Space is limited, so register early. Remaining workshops include:

Workshops for Children and Youth: "The Art of the 'Selfie'"
10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28

Digital technology influences the way we capture images and present ourselves to the world. Join instructor Alice Teeple for a walk-through of "Seeing America: Photographs from the Permanent Collection" and portraits in the permanent collection, and then combine aspects of both by taking selfies and altering the images with multiple applications. Participants are asked to bring a tablet or a smartphone and download a small number of photography apps before the class begins. Recommended for ages 6-10. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.


Workshops for Adults: "Painting Alla Prima

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Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19

The medium of oil paint has been used for centuries to depict subject matter with depth, light and color. Paintings are generally created in one setting with the alla prima (Italian for at first attempt) technique, as layers of wet paint are quickly applied over previous layers. In this workshop, participants will view oil paintings at the museum, and then painter Sarah Swist will engage participants in the process of creating an alla prima canvas of their own.
 

Workshops for Children and Youth: "Western Places and Spaces

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10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26

In this workshop inspired by "Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier," students will view paintings, watercolors and drawings of the American West, and then discuss their understandings of places west of the Mississippi River. Art educator Sue Uhlig will lead an investigation into the concept of place by helping students map locations and write a poem or short narrative based on works of art. In the studio, workshop participants will create a mixed-media landscape using watercolor and collage methods to illustrate their own wondrous place. Recommended for ages 6-10. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.


Workshops for Children and Youth: "Design It, Build It, Use It: Discover Origami and Engineering

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1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 31

Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” In this workshop, children will be guided through a series of activities that investigate the science behind various art mediums. Children will be asked to think and work like artists and engineers through demonstrations and hands-on activities, facilitated by Penn State’s multiyear National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant team and Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education. By exploring all of these ideas together, young learners will have the opportunity to experience how magical art and engineering can be. Recommended for ages 6-8. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.


Workshops for Adults: "Luminous Landscape: Basics of Color Palette Control and Composition

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Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

In this workshop, art educator MinSoo Kim-Bossard will guide participants through "Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier" and emphasize viewing and analyzing landscapes. The studio component will provide an opportunity to learn beginner landscape composition principles and the basics of color palette control using acrylic paints.


Workshops for Children and Youth: "Playful Prints: Exploring Printmaking Techniques

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10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

After viewing "Mining the Store: American Prints from the Permanent Collection," participants will explore various printmaking techniques with a range of materials under the guidance of art educator MinSoo Kim-Bossard. Participants will learn about the basic principles of printmaking through artful and playful explorations of found objects from nature and a variety of art materials. Recommended for ages 5-8. A parent or adult learning partner is encouraged to accompany young attendees; participants should wear appropriate clothing for working with materials.

Workshop participants should meet in the lobby. For more information on scheduled events, call 814-865-7672. The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. It will be closed Friday, July 4.

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The Palmer Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Children’s and family programs are partially funded by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education in the Palmer Museum of Art, and the Ruth Anne and Ralph Papa Endowment. All other programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.