What’s New in the Studio: June

Ettore Sottsass Jr., “Carlton” room divider, designed 1981, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift

How would it feel to be a work of art? For this month’s Studio Creations project, we’re asking you to imagine just that. Grab some drawing supplies from the Art Studio in the Center for Creative Connections and then take a trip to the American Painting and Sculpture galleries on Level 4. Make a quick drawing of an object that catches your eye and share it with the rest of your family. As you look at each others’ drawings, create short stories about yourselves as the works of art you selected. Then return to the Art Studio to create your own storybooks from what you’ve written!

Try this activity out at home with your kids by creating “Furniture Diaries”. Have them choose their favorite piece of furniture in your home to draw. What do they like about that piece? Create a story about its “life” using the following questions to get started:

  • Imagine this piece of furniture came to life. What would its personality be like? What would its voice sound like? How would it move?
  • Who was it built by? Where did it live before it came to stay with us? Did it have any other owners?
  • What’s a typical day for this piece of furniture? What does it and the other furniture in the house do while we’re away?
  • If this piece of furniture wasn’t owned by us, where would it be?

Create a simple accordion book from a long sheet of drawing paper for your kids to write and illustrate their stories. Decorate the front and back covers and display their collected books for all to see!

Studio Creations is a drop-in  art-making activity for families offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:30 p.m. with some exceptions. Join us for a different activity each month that is based on a work in the Museum’s collection or special exhibition. Volunteers are on hand to help you and your family stretch your imaginations! Studio Creations is free with paid admission to the Museum and all supplies are provided; no registration is necessary.

Posted by: JC

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