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Summer Explorers | Clay Garden Sculptures

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The Rockwell Museum

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Open to the public | Included with Museum admission
No registration required | Suggested ages 5 to 12

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Drop in anytime
1 – 3 p.m. | Drop in anytime

Weekly Project: Clay Garden Sculptures

Celebrate the plant and insect heroes of the natural world with a decorative piece of art for your garden! Sculpt a piece of clay, then add reflective beads, tiles, and a solar light to make it one-of-a-kind. Inspired by artist Claire Sherman’s plant paintings in The Rockwell’s collection, think about the dense, tangled strands of grasses, plants and tiny critters that coexist in a garden environment. Place your finished garden sculpture outside and illuminate the earth!

What is Summer Explorers?

Drop-in hero-themed projects and gallery activities encourage families to engage with art! Our Summer Explorers self-guided summer program is designed for families and children ages 5 – 12. Drop in anytime to explore the Museum galleries. Participate in artmaking workshops, games and activities all connected to the theme of heroes.

  • Artmaking workshops with Rockwell Educators will be available to family visitors at the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab. The hero-themed projects will encourage families to experiment with different media to make their own art inspired by the art on view.
  • Spy, Think, Ponder art card sets highlight works of art in The Rockwell’s collection, tied to the weekly theme. The art cards incorporate youth-friendly language and fun prompts to engage your child’s imagination. Families will be exposed to using Visual Thinking Strategies in their museum experience by looking, making observations, thinking about what they see and wondering more about the topics presented.
  • Art Hunts are a great way to search the Museum galleries and find details in the artwork.
  • Simple gallery games available on the Art Cart in the galleries will stimulate self-guided exploration with loved ones to foster art appreciation and museum exploration.

Plus! Join us from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for a fun guided tour of art at the Museum connected to each weekly theme! Come to the Admissions desk at 11:25 a.m. to meet your tour guide.

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