Reconsidering Georgia O’Keeffe, Saturday, April 1, 2 pm – Noted Georgia O’Keeffe scholar and eminent American-art historian, Charles Eldredge will explore the career and recent writing on this leading early modern painter. Eldredge is Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art and Culture and Emeritus Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art. The lecture is free with museum admission.
Tacoma Garden Club Small Flower Show
Saturday, April 8; 10 am & 5 pm
Sunday, April 9; 12 & 5 pm
Inspired by Contemporary Photography and the Garden & Deceits and Fantasies, Tacoma Garden Club members will interpret ways in which deceits and fantasies may be depicted through the arts of flower arranging, horticulture, and botanical jewelry. The weekend flower show at the museum will include numerous flower displays, competitions in several categories, art-making activities, and lectures. Admission to the flower show is free with museum admission.
¬? The Art of Ikebana Flower Arranging
Saturday, April 8, 2006
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Members of the Tacoma Garden Club will share their appreciation of nature through the art of Ikebana with children ages 9 to 11. Floral materials and containers will be provided so students can create arrangements of their own, guided by the principles of this ancient Japanese floral art.
¬? Decorative Terracotta Flower Pots
Saturday, April 8, 2006
2 – 3:30 pm
Children ages 6 to 8 can create their own decorative flower pot just in time for spring. Terracotta pots, a variety of mosaic materials, and paints will be provided so that each child will have something fun to take home.
These workshops are free thanks to the generous support of the Tacoma Garden Club. Reservations are required by calling 253.272.4258 x3030 or emailing programs@TacomaArtMuseum.org.
¬? Using the Camera as a Garden Tool
Saturday, April 8
Nationally renowned freelance garden photographer Charles Mann will explore the question, “What are we trying to achieve in our garden and how do we know if we’ve achieved it?” Mann has been published in many magazines, including Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Country Living Gardener, Sunset, Fine Gardening, and Better Homes and Gardens. The lecture is sponsored by the Tacoma Garden Club. Cost: members, $5; non-members, $10; includes museum admission.
¬? Richard Rhodes
Sunday, April 9
Richard Rhodes, of Rhodes Architectural Stone, will discuss the meaning and metaphor of the interior stone “garden” that he created for Tacoma Art Museum. Elaborating on the process from conception to installation, he will also respond to how the space has been transformed by the current temporary installation of Chihuly glass entitled Ma Chihuly’s Floats. The lecture is free with museum admission.
Fun and Whimsical Garden Sculpture
Saturday, April 15
1 & 5 pm
Back by popular demand! Spend the afternoon creating a concrete veneer sculpture that reflects your garden’s unique personality. Forms will be carved in balsa foam, and then covered with colored concrete veneer. Children age 8 and older are welcome with an adult companion. Cost: members, $35; non-members, $45; includes museum admission and most supplies. Space is limited for this popular workshop. Registration is required by calling 253.272.4258 x3030 or emailing programs@TacomaArtMuseum.org.
Decorative Folk Art Painting Class
Thursdays, April 20 – May 11
10:30 am & 12:30 pm
With an emphasis on traditional New England folk art, this five-week studio class led by Gig Harbor artist Judy Baker will explore decorative painting techniques such as stenciling, surface texturizing, and antiquing. Participants of all levels of painting experience will create one to two small trays, boxes, or shelf units. A supply list and additional information will be sent following registration. Cost: members, $135; non-members, $150; includes museum admission and some supplies. Registration is required by calling 253.272.4258 x3030 or emailing programs@TacomaArtMuseum.org.
Sumi Brush Painting Demonstration
Thursday, April 20
Local artist Fumiko Kimura, a member of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, will demonstrate the art of Japanese sumi brush painting. Kimura teaches watercolor, sumi, collage, and mixed-media techniques. The demonstration is free with museum admission.
I, Too, Sing America: African-American Artists, 1915-1935
Saturday, April 29
In the early decades of the 20th century, African-American artists expressed the rhythms and textures of black life in the United States in boldly modern paintings and sculpture. Camara Dia Holloway, assistant professor of American Art, University of Southern California will look at the variety of ways in which important artists such as Aaron Douglas, William Henry Johnson, and Archibald J. Motley, Jr. conveyed their Americanness through art focused on African-American cultural experience and history. The lecture is free with museum admission.
Decorative Planter Boxes in Hypertufa
Sunday, April 30
12:30 – 4:30pm
Hypertufa is a unique formula of concrete containing vermiculite, peat moss, and other fibers that is ideal for creating decorative outdoor plant containers. Participants will learn to form and carve year-round outdoor containers. Cost: members, $35; non-members, $45; includes museum admission and most supplies. Registration is required by calling 253.272.4258 x3030 or emailing programs@TacomaArtMuseum.org.
Tacoma Art Museum’s mission is to connect people through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum’s five galleries display an array of top national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located in the downtown Cultural District, near the Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Union Station.