Explore the special exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection for this month’s Studio Creations activity! If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, the show is spectacular. With over 100 works of art from the Thaw Collection at the Fenimore Art Museum, it showcases a wide variety of Native American groups across North America. (Please keep in mind that this is a paid exhibition.)
This month we are exploring the idea of adornment and its many uses in Native American culture. Specifically, we’ll look at adornments that are used during rituals, as sources of power, symbols of status, and as a way of connecting to the past. Pick up a free Family Gallery Guide at the Art Studio in the Center for Creative Connections before visiting the exhibition–it will guide you to three different works of art and contains questions and activities to share with your family.
When you are finished in the galleries, return to the Art Studio to make your own adornment! It could be something that empowers you, identifies you as part of a group, or something that honors a family member or pet, or whatever else comes to mind! The images pictured here are examples of other people’s creations. Volunteers will be on hand to help you get started and answer any questions you may have.
Studio Creations is a drop-in art-making activity for families. Offered Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:30 p.m., it is free with paid admission to the Museum. Join us for a different project each month, focused on works in the Museum’s collection or special exhibition. All supplies are provided.
Posted by: JC