This one goes out to anyone who has endured my 19th Century Art lectures, or is otherwise interested in my recent trip to Cleveland. Made with assistance from Frederic Edwin Church and Carolyn Reddy’s phone. I also feel indebted to this gentleman.
April 13th is Seattle Art Museum’s Teen Night Out. This free event features access to the SAM’s galleries, live performances, and art-making with Seattle Artists. (Think: SAM Remix for minors.) In honor of the final month of Gauguin & Polynesia, this spring’s event will feature a Tahitian dance troop, Polynesian tattoo, and hands-on art with local artists. I’ll be there leading live figure drawing, and steadfastly avoiding getting any tattoos. Heads up, teens. Come draw with me.
PS, young readers- Miss this event, and all the cool art kids will think you’re a square. Miss this Gauguin show, and live a sadder, darker life.
This Friday night I’ll be at the Seattle Art Museum to lead a teen sketching trip through Gauguin Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise. The show has some excellent paintings and prints from Gauguin’s years in the Pacific, and some beautiful 19th century Polynesian artwork. We’ll trace Gauguin’s creative journey by sketching from the same objects that inspired him, then work from Gauguin’s paintings and drawings. (including one of his sketchbooks!) Then we’ll head downstairs for some figure drawing from live models. Registration is closed for this free program, but I’ll be back soon. Teens, and people who work with them, should check in with the SAM to find out about more great programs and resources.
My friends at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park have invited me to celebrate Earth Day with them. (They must know I’m pro-Earth.)
For Seattle Art Museum’s Family Festival: Earth Day for Kids, I’ll be spending the day inside Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium, home to sixty feet of life, decomposition, dirt and renewal. Dion’s work is an 80 foot greenhouse containing a huge nurse log, the ground-floor of the teeming Pacific Northwest ecosystem. I’ll be there with clip boards and drawing tools, working as resident artist inside the vivarium: encouraging visitors to use drawing as a way to see things closer and clearer. I’m also planning to have some very serious discussions about ferns with children. (Most kids are pretty comfortable as both “artist” and “field biologist.”) The sculpture park is also hosting lots of other interesting activities, events, and ideas throughout the day. This is free and open to the public; Come say hi!