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Spring is here and the kids are getting antsy. Wondering what to do with your little ones? Time to sign them up for art classes and summer camp!
ART FOR TWO: BRING YOUR FAVORITE ADULT (Kids 2.5-4) Two artists mean twice the fun! This class is designed to make children feel successful and comfortable with their first adventures in the process of making open-ended art.
Bring a smock and be prepared to get messy. We'll clean up! Saturday, May 19: Sculpting Saturday, June 2: Collage / Assemblage All classes are from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and are taught by Jim Pruznick. Tuition is $20 / $15 for Museum members per class. Please register in advance for individual Saturday sessions.
AND if your kids are a little older (age 5 - 7), they can sign up for ART AND CRAFT SAMPLER.This series follows the same schedule as above, and is taught by Sarah DeWire. For information about the Art and Craft Sampler, click here.
There's still time to save on Summer Camp tuition. Sign up before May 15 and save $20 on most of our week-long summer camp offerings! For information on all three ways to save on tuition, click here. Here's a teeny sampler of the 60+ options kids have for the summer at HAM: COLORWORKS! (week 1: June 25 - 29, ages 4 - 6, PM) Explore the power of color! Painter Vasily Kandinsky once said "color is the keyboard...and the artist is the hand that plays". Learn the basics about colors and then experiment with different media, such as paint, pastels, watercolor, clay, fabric arts and more. CLAYMATION PRODUCTIONS (week 4: July 16 - 20, ages 10 - 15, Full Day) Combine digital photography with art making. Students will learn the basics or build their skills in 3D animation, storyboarding, bookmaking and more using shared computers, scanning and a variety of art materials. They will also learn to add advanced theatrical elements in their 3D shorts using animation software. This Full Day camp includes Lunch with the Bunch (please send your child with a nut free lunch).
FASHION DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION (week 6: July 30 - August 3, ages 9 - 10, AM) Do you love to draw? Do you love to design clothes? This camp lets you do both while you learn the basics of fashion illustration and make fun projects you can wear! Bring a few magazines for ideas and models, plus one roll (3 yards) of pretty fabric ribbon.
Kirsten Hassenfeld makes extraordinary sculpture and collage with ordinary materials. She carefully saves odds and ends from her daily life, such as bottle caps, thread spools, envelopes and wrapping paper and incorporates them into complex works of art that defy expectations. In her hands, these items become multi-faceted chandeliers, highly detailed architectural forms, and abstract three-dimensional sculptures that illuminate dark rooms, often inviting the viewer to enter a private space, and, at the same, recall the vernacular handicrafts of the original American settlers. Support for this exhibition has been provided in part by the Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation.
FRAGMENTED There are things that exist in this world which can be easily broken into pieces; fragmented by the slightest touch. There are other things, which are built from the partnership of smaller parts and thereby fortified by their unique attachment to each other.
However, even when their connection is strong, when viewed individually each piece appears as a fragmentation of the whole. Fragmented is an embodiment of repetition, detail and interconnectivity, and each of the four artists in the show takes a different approach to these concepts.
Yeon Jin Kim: SPACESHIP GROCERY STORE With an intricately fabricated paper diorama and a video camera, Kim takes the viewer on an animated voyage through her dreams. She uses the traditional techniques of drawing and sculpture and merges them with the contemporary technologies of film, animation and video. Her hand-drawn scroll drawings, sometimes measuring up to 300 feet long, are animated and filmed in one long take. Citing the influences of Hitchcock, Kafka and Carrol, as well as Charles Darwin, Kim infuses aliens and animals with human desires and experiences, setting them in environments that are at once familiar and completely foreign. For her show at HAM, the visitor will see both the video piece and the paper diorama from which the video was made.
The Museum's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, corporations, foundations and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1.800.852.7899.