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First Saturday projects!

collage project for First Saturdays, November 2009

collage project for First Saturdays, November 2009

If all these events just aren’t enough for you (have you even come in to do a Fundred yet??) this coming weekend is the first Saturday of November, which means, FREE MANUAL ART LABOR FOR THE MINORS free hands-on art projects for kids!

This month’s project is based on the Nowhere to Hide: Three Artists in the Desert exhibition, with artists Richard Lerman, Carrie Marill and Julie Anand. Based on Anand’s collage-type work and Marill’s birds, we’ve got some fun bird-inspired collage projects just waiting to happen. The beautiful collage pictured above was done by our Ed. Department assistant, Dawn. She’s good, no?

Don’t forget- everything is free and the kids can keep their projects. With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained for a day than a FREE day at ASU Art Museum?

Following is a real quote from a real teacher who brought her class into the museum for a tour: “They liked the museum better than the zoo!”

hear that? BETTER THAN THE ZOO. you should come on Saturday and see why.

-diane :)

November 4, 2009 at 1:02 am

Broadcast TV visits us to interview Mel Chin

Picture of Mel Chin interview

Picture of Mel Chin and also a very fine pink hat

Last week the TV show Planet Awesome visited our museum to interview artist Mel Chin.  The colorfully dressed Stefan, host of Planet Awesome, took an hour to learn more about the artist as well as his current project – the Fundred dollar bill – which aims to reduce toxic levels of lead in the land of Louisiana.  In this photo you can see them talking in the defining sustainability exhibition that is currently on display at the museum.

What really surpised me was the depth and breadth of information that came out in the short time frame of the interveiw.  In addition to general information on the project, there was a lively discussion about lead, why it occurs, its effects, and what means are necessary to decrease lead levels in the environment.  The artist also discussed his relationships with the people and the environment in his project, as well as his own motivations and compulsions for his current project.

– Nick

October 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

First Saturdays for Families is Sept. 5 at ASU Art Museum!

Model Magic pinch pots

Model Magic pinch pots

First Saturdays for Families, September 5, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This month we’ll look at the Ceramic Research Center’s exhibition Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures

Pinch pots are one of the oldest forms of ceramics and are still made today by Native Americans. Join us in the multipurpose room at the museum to make a pinch pot out of Crayola Model Magic. Kids get to keep their projects!

First Saturdays for Families is a free program that’s open to everyone. You don’t need a reservation- just stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to join the fun!

Free parking is available in museum-marked spaces just outside the Ceramics Research Center on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue at 10th Street. Just sign in at the visitors desk when you walk in.

See you Saturday!


September 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

ribbit. First Saturdays for Families. ribbit.

June's First Saturdays art project: frogs!

June's First Saturdays art project: frogs!

Our curator of education, Andrea, came to me today with this: the next First Saturdays for Families art project! It’s based on the ceramic art of David Gilhooly, who uses a lot of frogs in his work. See the work in our Summer Family exhibition, Food: Feast for the Eyes, which is now open, and make your own paper plate frogs!

ASU Art Museum is always free and open to the public! There’s no cost to participate in our event and kids get to keep their art projects. Perfect for kids 4-12 and their families, and no registration is required. Just stop by the museum any time between 10am – 3pm on the first Saturday of the month!


May 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

ASU Art Museum: conquering summer boredom!

Family Exhibition and Family Fun Day 2009 at ASU Art Museum

Family Exhibition and Family Fun Day 2009 at ASU Art Museum

Where can you bring the kids this summer that’s fun, indoors, and isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg?

Come to ASU Art Museum! The museum is always free and open to the public, and our annual summer family exhibition is getting ready to open next Saturday, May 16. There’s even free parking (on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street, just outside of our Ceramics Research Center). So you can afford to bring the kids and spend a day learning about and having fun with art.

We also have some great, FREE, family activities coming up in addition to the exhibition:

Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, August 1, join us for First Saturdays for Families. It actually happens the first Saturday of each month here in the museum. We offer hands-on activities that are perfect for kids 4-12 and totally free! No registration is required and all materials are provided free at the museum. And kids can keep their art projects, too. It’s a great way to get creative and have fun for a day!

July is special: the first Saturday is a holiday so the museum is closed, but the *second* Saturday is Family Fun Day! July 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., join us for hands-on activities, puppet show, an appearance by a KAET/Eight character, a reading area and great food-related information and art to go along with our family exhibition. All activities are free and there is no admission fee at ASU Art Museum. This is a really fun event that you won’t want to miss!

Family Fun Day is only once a year, but First Saturdays for Families is a monthly program, so mark your calendars and come on over. Don’t be bored this summer!


May 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm

A rose by any other name…

a souvenier from First Saturdays for Families

a souvenier from First Saturdays for Families

Saturday, April 4, was our latest First Saturdays for Families event. If you’re not familiar, each first Saturday of the month, we invite kids aged 4-12 and their families to come to the museum to learn a little something about art and create their very own project, based on an exhibition we’re currently showing. I love that we can offer these kinds of projects, all completely free to the community! This past Saturday involved a project using Model Magic. Not having young kids at home, I was unfamiliar with Model Magic, but apparently you can create sculptures with it – it’s like modeling clay. I was given a lump of the stuff and have a really rudimentary, and quite pink, blocky sculpture on my desk that I made with it. My officemate says it makes her want to bite it (it sort of looks like pink bubble gum. What can I say? I’m a writer, not a sculptor!)
This photo is of a small white Model Magic rose, complete with hips and everything. Thank you, unidentified artist who left this for us! It’s really a lovely little piece. And it looks much more elegant on my desk than, say, my die-cast Millenium Falcon.

April 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm

First Saturdays for Families is tomorrow!

Come join the fun tomorrow, 11 – 3, at the museum! The first Saturday of each month we highlight a different artist in the museum, and then kids and their families can make their own project based on that artist’s work! All materials are provided FREE by the museum, and there’s never an admission fee here either. This is a perfect creative project for kids 4-12 and their families! Park free across the street in marked spaces in front of our Ceramics Research Center (NE corner of Mill Ave  and 10th Street, in downtown Tempe).

February 7:  This month look in our second floor Americas Gallery for a piece by William Wiley called Making Tracks of Australia.  This piece has hidden pictures of Australia in it. Pick up a learning flyer in the multipurpose room and then track it down! There are fun points on the flyer to discuss with your kids about the art before you head back to the project area to make your own hidden picture map. All materials will be available in the multipurpose room and kids can bring their projects home.

Have a creative weekend!


February 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm

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