Get dirty (and have fun) with Art Safari!
Hundreds of children and their families are expected to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Saturday, October 8, for Art Safari, an Alexandria family tradition for 21 years. Visitors can get their hands (and clothes) a little dirty with a bevy of interactive activities and crafts from 12 to 4 pm.
Resident and visiting artists lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children age 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.
Tens of thousands of people across the region have attended Art Safari during its two-decade history. Leading up to the special day, the public is invited to share their own stories and photos of past Art Safaris with hashtag #artsafariALX.
List of Activities:
· Potomac Riverfront – Plein Air Tiny Paintings – Led by the Torpedo Factory Artists Association
Painters from the Torpedo Factory Art Center sit with visitors along the riverfront and create miniature paintings together while enjoying the fall weather.
· Union and Cameron Street Alley – Relief Printing – Led by the Mobile Art Lab
Children can check out Alexandria’s one-of-a-kind art truck while making colorful prints.
· 1st Floor Hallway – Giant Papier-Mâché Tiger – Led by Lisa Schumaier
In only four hours, children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a new sculpture. Many of Schumaier’s previous Art Safari sculptures, such as the iconic camel, are on view in the first floor throughout the year.
· Studio 16 – Bottlecap Necklaces – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Bottlecaps are transformed into sparkling necklaces with the help of sequins and glitter glue.
· Studio 29 – Fiber collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
Artists help children create a dynamic image using bits of fabric and fiber.
· Studio 21 – Gallery scavenger hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
This year, The Art League’s scavenger hunt explores the exhibition Op-Ed. Each completed scavenger hunt can be shown at the gallery desk to receive a special prize.
· Studio 22 – Clay Experience – Led by Susan Greenleaf
Children play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine. Potters will demonstrate their technique for throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
· 2nd Floor Hall – Easel stations – Led by Christine Cardellino,
With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine at the open easel stations located along the 2nd floor.
· 2nd Floor Catwalk – Community Weaving Project – Led by Hannah Elmer
By weaving strips of fabric through the crisscrossed wires along the 2nd floor railings, visitors create a beautiful design that will take form through the course of the afternoon.
· 3rd Floor Hall – Coloring Tables – Led by the TFAA Community Outreach Committee
Torpedo Factory artists created black and white line drawings for children to embellish with color.
· Studio 325 – Silk screen printing – Led by Patrick Sargent
Children progress through four different color stations to create their own full-color silk-screen image.
· Studio 327 – Potter’s Art – Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have a selection of china and pottery from their collection on view. Children create their own sketches and learn to identify 19th-century Alexandria potters from the designs on stoneware pottery.
For more information, visit http://torpedofactory.org/artsafari.
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