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Family So-Much-Fun Day!

Family Fun Day. Photo by Stephen Gittins.

“Okay, I’ll dance to one more song, but then I HAVE to get in line to get my face painted,” said one adorable young girl who was dancing in the gallery with the Zumbatomics participatory activity, led by Melinda Mills-Walkey.

“I want to be KISS,” said one young man as he approached the face painter. His mother explained that he was very interested in becoming a rock star and that she had no idea how he had even found out about KISS, but she saw nothing wrong with it.

Another child suddenly halted working on the art project in front of her when she saw her favorite PBS character, Super Why, and only returned to the table after having her photograph taken with him.

I observed each of these moments at the ASU Art Museum’s Family Fun Day on July 9th, 2011. With hands-on art-making activities, interactive performances and readings and illustration demonstrations by Chris Gall and Alex Rex, everyone at the museum on Saturday had a great day.

This is my fifth year organizing the Family Fun Day with the help of our Windgate Intern, who also curates an exhibition based on a theme, pulling works broadly from our collection.  It’s so rewarding to see the hours put into planning the crafts, contacting performers and working with our fabulous community partners result in such an entertaining day for families. My favorite part of Family Fun Day is that the entire event is free, allowing families to have fun without worrying about how much it costs. This year, more than 1,200 people stopped by to enjoy the four-hour event, and that’s not including visitors to the Ceramics Research Center across the street.

Now we’re putting the supplies away from Saturday’s activities, and starting to prep for next month’s 1st Saturdays for Families (Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), which explores the exhibition By myself and with my friends through an interactive dance led by choreographer Elizabeth Johnson, a special visit from the Arizona Animal Welfare League (and animal friends), and a fun animal-making art craft.

And I also will start planning next year’s Family Fun Day — after I finish recovering from this year’s event.

 –Andrea Feller, Curator of Education

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Photos in the slideshow are by Stephen Gittins and Stu Mitnick.

July 14, 2011 at 7:58 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

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

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