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Archive for December, 2011

Faux Faux Faux! Merry Sculpting!

If you sit in the SBMA offices on a Friday morning, you’re bound to hear the sound of 5th grade voices echoing off the walls of our sculpture corridor.   As guests in our Sculpture Quest program, the 5th grade students of our neighboring Penn Harris Madison school district join us every week to explore sculpture with our docents and make 3-dimensional art with our instructor, Miss Candie.  This year’s project is this fabulous and colorful wire faux glass sculpture.

Lovely and inspiring, these sculptures are the work of our 5th grade visitors!

With just a few simple materials and some basic directions, students are able to create these intriguing pieces that add color and beauty to any desk, shelf or display space at home.  To LEARN MORE about this project, CLICK HERE.


Soap Opus

Our galleries were a-flurry for the snow soapmen!

Our last Kids’ Night Out event was a huge success – we were thrilled to host dozens of families here in our galleries and to watch our young guests create art.  One of our most popular activities that night was sculpting soap snowmen.   In fact, our staff could barely keep up with the demand for Ivory soap shavings!  We ultimately ran out of supplies and had to promise some of our guests that we’d share the instructions for the project on the blog so that they could try it out at home.  Trust us when we say this will be one of the cleanest, most fragrant ways to make a mess you’ll ever try!  To LEARN MORE about HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT, CLICK HERE.

Our Favorite Art Books for Young Artists

Everyone deserves an art book for Christmas!

Even if a Kindle is on your wish list this holiday season, we’d like to put in a plug for good old fashioned books – the kinds that come with covers and pages and pictures and look lovely on shelves.  And while browsing the art section of a bookstore sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon in December, we realize that a go-to list might also be handy in expediting your gift-giving mission.  If there are children or teens to shop for this year, we’d like to recommend just a few art books that we think are especially fun.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR LIST.

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