Museum hosts workshops for youth
SONOMA VALLEY MUSEUM OF ART instructor Kate Ortolano works with El Verano fifth grader Karla on a fabric dying project, one of many youth oriented programs offered at the museum.
Artist books are all the rage this summer at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, demonstrated in the museum's new series of Studio Workshops for Youth.
Students age 6 and up can take part in a number of workshops centered around book binding, printmaking, storytelling, illustration, drawing and sculpture, all inspired by the museum's summer exhibitions, "Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Original Etchings by David Hockney" and "Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary California Book Art."
The exhibitions run June 4 through Aug. 28.
The summer programs for youth are held in the museum's new classrooms and each runs for three days, Tuesday through Thursday, with a session for younger children in the mornings and older children in the afternoons. These programs, part of the Calvin R. Vander Woude Lively Arts Series, include:
• "Books as Art" - Learn basic structures and stitches using recycled and quality Japanese papers with instructor Kate Ortolano. June 28 to 30; ages 6 to 8 in the morning, ages 9 to 12 in the afternoon.
• "Graphic Illustration" - Use ink and watercolor with instructor Jan Hansen to reinvent a classic fairy tale with your own imaginative twist on characters and plot. July 5 to 7; ages 6 to 8 in the morning, ages 9 to 12 in the afternoon.
• "Expressive Drawing" - Learn techniques that add character to your drawings. Explore contour and gesture line drawing with instructor Jane Antee. July 19 to 21; ages 11 to 13 in the morning, ages 14 to 16 in the afternoon.
• "Inspired Printmaking" - Explore the art of printmaking and create one-of-a-kind monotypes and an edition of drypoint prints with instructor Julie Cavaz. July 26 to 28; ages 9 to 12 in the morning, ages 13 to 15 in the afternoon.
• Papier-Mâché Sculpture: Fables, Fairytales and Fantasy" - Design a three-dimensional figure in papier-mâché as inspired by David Hockney's illustrations with instructor Jill Valavanis. Aug. 2 to 4; ages 6 to 8 in the morning, ages 9 to 12 in the afternoon.
Each three-session workshop is priced at $60 for ages 6 to 8 and $75 for older students. Morning sessions start at 9 a.m., afternoon workshops begin at 1 p.m. Registration information is available at www.svma.org/classes.
Additionally, the museum offers "Sundown Stories: Bed-Time at the Museum" this summer. Treat your family to the ultimate bed-time story with six Grimm's fairytales dramatically told by storytellers as the sun sets. Tim Ereneta will perform "Rapunzel and The Little Sea Hare" on June 22; Cathryn Fairlee performs "Fundevogel with Rumpelstilzchen" on July 20; and Elaine Stanley spins the tales of "The Boy who Left Home to Learn Fear" and "Old Rink Rank" on Aug. 10.
The stories begin at 8 p.m. This program is free to children and $5 for adults, and is supported by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. Advance registration encouraged as space is limited. (Recommended for ages 7 and up, pajamas optional).
The museum has additional adult workshops and programs scheduled in conjunction with the summer exhibitions, find out more at www.svma.org.
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway.