About Art Around You:
Every AAY usually starts with a guided tour of the current exhibition at University Galleries, which allows students to explore and interact with local artists in a new and profound way. It also provides inspiration for a special art making activity that happens after the tour at the Children’s Discovery Museum. The art making that occurs after the tour further expands on the media and ideas used by the artists students learned about. Each session of AAY focuses on a “spotlight artist(s)” to inspire our art making. This program is made possible by the MIRZA Arts & Culture grant funded by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and our continued collaboration with Illinois State University’s University Galleries.
For this special, online art making activity there will not be a guided tour included, but University Galleries is now open for in person viewings of the exhibitions! We strongly encourage visiting the gallery to get the full experience before or after making the artwork in this lesson. Please visit https://galleries.illinoisstate.edu/ to schedule your visit online or call (309) 438-5487. You can also view images of the exhibition on the University Galleries website.
About the Current Exhibition:
Making Our Space: Members of the Peoria Guild of Black Artists is a group exhibition featuring fourteen members of the ever-expanding Peoria-based artists guild, often referred to as PGOBA. The artist collective was organized in June 2020 following the murder of George Floyd — and in response to nationwide uprisings and the Black Lives Matter movement — to focus on celebrating and uplifting the voices of Black artists in Peoria, Illinois. This exhibition explores Black identity, Black joy, and Black community through painting, drawing, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, photography, video, performance, and poetry.
Joyful Marker Printmaking
This artmaking activity will combine some of the focuses and media used by the PGOBA in this exhibition including printmaking, poetry, and joy. You will be creating a marker print with simple materials about something that brings you joy and then create a fun, Haiku style poem to go with it.
- 2 pieces of paper the same size (thick paper works best)
- plastic food storage bag (same size or bigger than your papers)
- regular markers (just not permanent/dry erase)
- a spray bottle with water
- another piece of paper for a poem
Pre-registration is required. There will be no ticket sales at the door. This to maintain safety and program quality. Thank you for your understanding.
Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family ticket (one adult & one child) includes two canvases that you will keep. All art supplies needed for the activity are provided and guided instruction is given. No prior painting experience is required!
All participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs in each group. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student to run.
Ages: Children in grades K-5 and adult
Cost: $35 Members / Museums for All
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