Minneapolis, April 27, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in May and June include the Free First Saturday family events Made You Look (Saturday, May 5, 10 am – 3 pm), featuring the short film Second Hand, and Open Laboratory (Saturday June 2, 10 am – 3 pm) with special guest artist Ruben Nusz. Also in May and June, the Walker presents Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed to nurture creativity and engage a child’s mind. Arty Pants programs are presented on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and feature art projects, films, gallery activities, and story readings.
A complete listing of Raising Creative Kids programs in May and June follows.
Free First Saturdays Are for Families
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.
May Free First Saturday
Made You Look
Saturday, May 5, 10am,-3pm
Not everything is always what it seems. Explore the idea of reality vs. fiction inspired by the exhibition Lifelike with gallery activities and hands-on artmaking.
Film: Second Hand by Isaac King
U. S. Bank Orientation Lounge, 10 am–3 pm
Two neighbors have extremely different lifestyles and through a series of mishaps they discover there is a way to coexist in peace.
Target and Friedman Galleries, 11 am–1:30pm
Families can experience the exhibition Lifelike through mini tours, scavenger hunts, and props.
Art-Making Activity: Diamonds in the Rough
Art Lab, 10am-3pm
Explore the many forms of carbon in this transformative art-making activity led by artist Ruben Nusz. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lifelike, the project examines the fictitious notion that diamonds come from coal. Starting with a silicone mold, cast a wax object and then paint and decorate its surface to transform it into a realistic lump of coal or a luxurious diamond.
Originally from South Dakota, Minnesota artist Nusz was raised by cowboys and later graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. In 2003 he directed a feature-length documentary that toured the festival circuit. He has exhibited mixed media works at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rochester Art Center, Rosalux Gallery, Umber Studios and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. His work is featured in the permanent collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. He’s also a regular contributing writer to mnartists.org. Nusz is co-founder/editor of Location Books & Editions.
June Free First Saturday
Saturday, June 2, 10 am – 3 pm
Walker Open Field
Families join artist David Hamlow, specialists from the Science Museum of Minnesota, and other partners to learn about bugs, plants, and art through hands-on activities and creative play. Guest curator Abigail Anderson builds a day that investigates the act of observation.
Garden Tour and Workshop
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 11 am-2 pm
Walker staff member Abigail Anderson, the Open Field Phenologist-in-Residence, leads this workshop. Throughout the summer, she will be exploring Open Field and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden through the lens of phenology. Phenology refers to recurring life cycle stages, such as leafing and flowering, emergence of insects, and migration of birds.
Workshop: Close Encounters
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 10am-3pm
Use microscopes to examine, observe, and document living plants and creatures outside of the Walker with Science Museum of Minnesota. Look for different shapes that exist in nature ovals, cubes, hexagon and dodecahedrons!
Art-Making Activity: Geodesic Domes
Open Field, 10am-3pm
Join David Hamlow in making geodesic domes out of post-consumer packaging.
Film: Mondo’s Search for the Sun
US Bank Orientation Rock, 10 am- 3 pm
Follow Mondo on adventure on his flying machine through surreal worlds and wonders to find the sun and restore his garden to its once beautiful state. Directed by Jana Prchalova.
Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
Tuesdays, May 8 and 22; June 12 and 26, 11 am–1 pm
For kids ages 3–5 and adults
Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free
What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring activities for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Join us each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays for art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time. Meet other families for a treat at the Garden Café.
Arty Pants in May and June: Poetic Nonsense
Come for sing-alongs, games, art-making, and a film that celebrates the topsy turvey world of art. Special guest Steve Sanders, creator Snapdragon Seed, will create songs about your kid’s favorite work of art.
Star Tribune Art Lab
Join us each week for a new and exciting way to explore the nonsense nature of art.
May 8: Curious Company
May 22: Printing Play
June 12: Silly Strings
June 26: Grass Green; Raspberry Red
WAC Packs for the Galleries
Enhance your artistic escapade with these hands-on activity packs. Games, story-telling, and art-making will enliven artworks for the whole family.