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Visiting Artist Workshops


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The Visiting Artist Workshop series is a chance for visitors to explore the making of art alongside practicing artists and learn about the work they do in the world. These workshops provide an opportunity to jump into new materials, tools, techniques, and ideas presented uniquely by each artist. How will you practice your creativity today?



 

 

 

Alphabets of the Imagination

Workshop with artist IMAGINE (AKA Sneha Shrestha)

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Workshops held in Art Studio at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

In this workshop visitors will be introduced to graffiti murals as an art form where artists write their names in cool and creative ways. Visitors will learn about the thought process of stylizing letters and paint their own names while thinking and imagining their favorite things.

This workshop is inspired by the work Sneha did as a Project Zero Artist in Residence while she was a student at Harvard University.

IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha) is a Nepali artist who paints mindful mantras in her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. Being the first to mesh Nepali Alphabets with American graffiti, she has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world including San Francisco, Bali, Istanbul, Geneva and Copenhagen. Her latest exhibition “Mindful Mandalas currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has also created work for clients such as Harvard, Reebok, Montana Cans, Trip Advisor, Neiman Marcus and Red Bull.

Sneha graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Education. Currently, Sneha is working as the Arts Programs Manager at the Laxmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
https://www.snehashrestha.com

Gelatin Printing

With Visiting Artists Brooke Scibelli and Dyllan Nguyen of Non Issue Studio

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Workshops held in Art Studio at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

This gelatin printing workshop is a fun and easy form of monotype printmaking great for ages 6 and up and all ability levels. Make unique and bold designs in minutes using found objects, colorful ink, and fragile printing plates made of gelatin. Explore the repetitive, addictive and even relaxing qualities this art-making experience can offer you and your family. Participants will make their own unique designs, with the ability to make reproductions, edit, and play with composition, color, and shapes. Go home with multiple prints to re-use as greeting cards, incorporate in collages or scrapbooks, or even frame and hang on the wall!

Non Issue Studio is a collaboration between artists Brooke Scibelli & Dyllan Nguyen. We like to make things with our hands and solve problems. We make objects out of wood, paper, fabric, metal and more! We like to share our skills and teach people of all ages how to make and build things. Dyllan’s favorite food is strawberries and Brooke’s secret talent is finding four-leaf clovers!
http://www.nonissue.info/workshops

Human Garden: Biosounds

Wearable Art Workshop with Visiting Artist Lani Asuncion

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Workshops held in Studio A at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

In this workshop visitors will be able to listen to the sound of plants through the electrical current that moves through them, this current also flows through us. Using MIDI Sprout technology will allow visitors and plants to connect together to create musical sounds. Inspired by this connection visitors will then create wearable art with plant-like materials.

Lani Asuncion is a multicultural Asian American artist who uses video, performance, sculpture, and plants to survey how different cultures meet and mix to negotiate experiences of loss, transformation, and belonging. Blending digital media with elements of nature Asuncion constructs interactive environments, like that in her HUMAN GARDEN Series to present alternative perspectives on conversations around green spaces and urbanization. Encouraging play and interaction in parks and green spaces. Lani’s work will also be shown at the Boston Children’s Museum Gallery in May, 2019.
https://laniasuncion.com/human-garden

Ikebana – Japanese Flower Arrangement

With Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston
Special guest teachers– Joanne Wimberly, Masumi Ichikawa Naylor, Teresa Silverman

Sunday, May 31, 2019
Workshops held in Studio A at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+ Limited seating. First come first served.

Ikebana is the Japanese traditional art of flower arranging. The word is composed of two parts: ike (arrange; enhance), and hana (flower; plant). Ikebana seeks to highlight the essence of plant materials, and thus portray the natural world. The word Ikebana also carries another important philosophical meaning. The word Ikebana is short for “花を生かすHana wo ikasu”, and it means “giving life for flowers”.

Learn this special art from the guest teachers and build awareness and appreciation of the nature around us!

During this workshop, you can make your own mini “moribana” flower arrangement with fresh flowers. Our teachers from the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston will support your process. Don’t miss out this special opportunity!

https://www.ikenobobostonchapter.org/

Human Garden: Biosounds

Wearable Art Workshop with Visiting Artist Lani Asuncion

Sunday, March 31, 2019
Workshops held in Studio A at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

In this workshop visitors will be able to listen to the sound of plants through the electrical current that moves through them, this current also flows through us. Using MIDI Sprout technology will allow visitors and plants to connect together to create musical sounds. Inspired by this connection visitors will then create wearable art with plant-like materials.

Lani Asuncion is a multicultural Asian American artist who uses video, performance, sculpture, and plants to survey how different cultures meet and mix to negotiate experiences of loss, transformation, and belonging. Blending digital media with elements of nature Asuncion constructs interactive environments, like that in her HUMAN GARDEN Series to present alternative perspectives on conversations around green spaces and urbanization. Encouraging play and interaction in parks and green spaces. Lani’s work will also be shown at the Boston Children’s Museum Gallery in May, 2019.
https://laniasuncion.com/human-garden

Creature Comics

Workshop with Visiting Artist Jerel Dye

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Workshops held in Studio A at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Stretch your imagination with weird and wacky creature comics. In this workshop students will create their very own one-of-a-kind creature cartoon character. Learn how simple shapes can combine to make a nearly endless variety of fun and unique characters and then turn those drawings into a silly comic strip!

Don’t forget to check out Jerel’s art in the gallery outside the Art Studio!

Jerel Dye is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living and working in the Boston area. He has been creating art and comics since 2009 and has produced several self-published mini comics and has created comics stories for anthologies like Inbound, Minimum Paige, Hellbound, and the award winning Little Nemo/Winsor McCay tribute Dream Another Dream. In 2012, he received the MICE comics grant for his mini-comic From the Clouds.

His first graphic novel Pigs Might Fly was released in 2017, by First Second books. Much of his art stems from a deep interest in science and technology though frequently contains a healthy dose of wonder. Jerel Dye received his BFA from Umass Dartmouth in Painting, and his MFA at MassArt in the Studio for Interrelated media. Jerel is also a freelance designer and teaches courses in drawing, cartooning and comics in Massachusetts. jereldye.com

Xscape Into Comix

Cartoon Workshop with Visiting Artist LJ Baptist

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Workshops held in Studio A at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Craft your reality in a fun, cartoon-focused workshop where you explore how to express your ideas through real characters and adventures that your readers can escape into! Learn how to develop and form unique cartoons that have their own personalities, style, and stories as we break down key techniques for making them your own.

Don’t forget to check out LJ’s art in the gallery outside the Art Studio!

LJ Baptiste is a toonhead that molds young minds through art education, writes weird stuff, and draws fun characters through his own comedic view of the world. When he isn't pursuing these ventures he's contemplating ways to take over the world through comics. His current series, COMIXSCAPE, can be read on www.comixscape.net

Character Comics

Workshop with Visiting Artist Raúl the Third

Sunday, Feb 17, 2019
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Create your own characters with the award winning illustrator of the Lowriders series from Chronicle Books. Invent your own imaginative comics using the everyday materials of paper and ball point pens. Check out Raúl’s artwork in the Gallery! Raúl the Third is the award winning illustrator of the Lowriders series from Chronicle Books. He has collaborated with author Cathy Camper on Lowriders in Space, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth and Lowriders Blast from the Past from Chronicle books. He is also the Author/Illustrator of Vamos! Let's go to the Market from Versify books and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. In 2017 Raúl the Third was awarded the prestigious Pura Belpre Award in illustration for his work in Lowriders Blast from the Past from the American Library Association. The Pura Belpre award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Raúl the Third lives in Medford MA.
https://www.raulthethird.com/

Film without a Camera

Workshop with Visiting Artists Janet Benn and Kimberly Fornero-Arias from AgX Film Collective

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Join Janet Benn and Kimberly Fornero-Arias from the AGX Film Collective for a workshop in experimental filmmaking. Visitors will learn the basics of film animation with 35mm film using simple lines and shapes. We will create mini movies by drawing directly onto film with permanent markers, stickers, and waxy pencils. Visitors can watch their films, take them home, or have them made into video files to be sent through email for later viewing.

AgX (pronounced A Gee Ex) is a Boston-area collective of artists who share resources, equipment, camaraderie and knowledge with a focus on the creation and appreciation of the moving image arts. Embedded within the emulsion of photochemical film, vilver halides are crystals composed of silver and one of the halogens (Br, Cl or I), often give the notation AgX.
https://agxfilm.org

Drawing with Thread

Embroidery Workshop with artist Samantha Fields

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

In this workshop we will use embroidery as a drawing tool and participate in a large collaborative embroidery artwork using beads, colorful thread, and fabric. Visitors will be introduced to both traditional embroidery stitches as well as a free form approach demonstrated by the artist. About Samantha Fields: Growing up in Brockton, MA, Samantha is drawn to the materials and processes that have historically lived outside of an “Art” context, she strives to make work that can live in and speak to the different worlds of 'high' and 'low.' “I make--slowly--with/through craft. Making slowly is a personal act of resistance against the fast-paced, multi-tasking, product-driven world in which I find myself.”

As a multimedia artist, Samantha engages with these processes as a survival mechanism, aesthetic, and a conceptual strategy. Through these modes of making, she is able to explore different social constructs associated with the decorative: gender, class, professional/hobbyist, and the hierarchical categories of taste and morality. Sam received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art; and is currently adjunct faculty at both institutions.
https://samanthafields.com/

Patterns & Portraits

Workshop with artist Chanel Thervil

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

What makes a face unique? Artist Chanel Thervil makes portraits that use many patterns, textures, and materials on wood that highlight special qualities about each person. Visitors can make mixed media portraits inspired by her work.

Chanel Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator obsessed with contemporary art, pop culture, and corny jokes. Upon roaming the halls of NYC museums as teen, she often found herself wondering why she felt so out of place. Fueled by her lack of satisfaction with the narrow range of representations of people of color on both sides of the canvas, Chanel decided to pursue a career in art. Her love for talking about art, doing research and dragging loved ones to museums that they would never walk into otherwise led her to completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at Pace University and a Master's Degree in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.





Exploring Sound Art

Workshop with Visiting Artist Beau Kenyon

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Did you know artists use sounds like a painter uses paint? Kick off Sound Art Month in Studio A with composer/sound artist Beau Kenyon. During your time together, you will explore and make sounds with everyday objects, go on a listening scavenger hunt, and create your own sound art. 

Artist Bio, etc.: Beau Kenyon loves listening to sounds and connecting them to ideas. After studying composition at Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and Tufts University (M.A.), he explored music and neuroscience while also developing interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven curriculum for all academic subjects, grades K - 6.  He is currently the Artist in Residence at Northeastern University Center for the Arts and faculty in Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design. Don't miss his new interdisciplinary piece, the SOUND, an interdisciplinary sound, dance, and sculpture work taking place throughout Boston, August - November and features the recorded voices of young adult immigrants. Visit http://www.beaukenyon.com/wondersense/ for more information.

Bandana Screen Printing

Workshop with artist Emily May

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Explore the process of screen printing on fabric! Each participant will choose a bandana made from reclaimed fabric, and use the screen printing process to create a colorful design of their choosing on their bandana.

Emily May is a Jamaica Plain-based artist who works with screen printing and embroidery. She received her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and prioritizes a conservationist ethic in her art practice.

Sending our Wishes Skyward

Clouds in a Bottle Workshop with artist Andi Sutton

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Ever wondered how you could share your thoughts and feelings with the sky? The clouds and air up there look down on us all day every day as we go about our lives at home, school, work, and play. Don’t you think they might be trying hard to listen in, too? They might even be wishing they could use their whirling windswept power to help us, by blowing a thought, or feeling, or idea out across the world?

In this workshop you make a cloud in a bottle, fill it with your wishes, and send them up to the sky. We will be loud and quiet, draw and sculpt, and use science and art to build this technology for communicating with the sky. What words and feelings does it need to hear from us? Let’s collect and send them up into the air together.

Andi Sutton is a Boston-based artist whose work is inspired by the essential life-sustaining tools of play, community-building, science, food, water, gardening, and connection. She loves making art with others, among them farmers, chefs, salt marshes, activists, poets, singers, and even the very bitter tasting vegetable Bitter Melon.

Her recent projects are focused on sustainability and the environment. If you happen to have found a biodegrading pink flamingo lawn ornament that was planting seeds for a garden of the future in your neighborhood, shouted poems for the coastline using a gigantic fog horn made out of salt marsh grass, or walked the future flood line of the city of Boston wearing stenciled extinctions, you’ve probably also found her. Find out more about Andi and her projects at http://andisutton.net

Color Dip

Workshop with Visiting Artist Silvia Lopez Chavez

Sunday, March 4
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Explore the world of color by learning the basics of color mixing and having fun getting messy with paint! Visitors can contribute to a collective art piece or create their own small sculptural works using objects they dip into colorful paint.

With roots in the Dominican Republic, Silvia is an interdisciplinary artist who has based her art practice in the Boston area for over fifteen years. Her work is informed by her own personal narratives and responds to her identities as an immigrant, educator, artist and designer. She is motivated by the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her collaborative works with community partners and commissions include public art projects at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Tech Square in Cambridge, and El Punto Urban Art Museum in Salem. She has been recognized by several awards, residences and exhibitions including: the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Barr Foundation, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Now and There, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Silvia is currently an artist in residence at Boston Children's Hospital and continues her studio art practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.
https://www.silvialopezchavez.com

Fun with Fabric

Indigo Shibori Fabric Dying with artist Jenine Shereos

Sunday, December 2017
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique used to transform ordinary fabric into a unique and stunning creation! Fold, wrap, clamp, and twist cloth before dipping it into a magical indigo dye bath to create beautiful blue patterns on fabric. In this workshop, each visitor will create several pieces of unique indigo dyed fabric to bring home.

Jenine Shereos is an artist specializing in all things fiber, thread, and fabric. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, she travels the globe learning, teaching, and creating with various fiber arts techniques. Last year, she taught fiber workshops for all ages at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee and she is currently an adjunct instructor in Fibers at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston MA.
https://jenineshereos.com

Painting with Paper

Workshop with artist Jamaal Eversley

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Workshops at: 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm
Ages 6+

Using colorful construction paper and stencils, we will explore the art of paper cut outs to create playful paper collages to take home. At the end of the workshop, you will have the chance to create your favorite cut out to paste to our growing collage mural. When “Painting with Paper” allow your imagination to soar and creativity to take over.

Jamaal Eversley, hails from Randolph, MA. With a business degree in hand, from Babson College, he has decided to chase after his dreams and passionately pursue his talents as an eccentric abstract artist and intertwine business with the arts in order to serve the community. His art has been exhibited twice in Massachusetts General Hospital's Illuminations program, he has shown throughout the South Shore and Boston area and has received a couple public art grants to bring his colorful patterns to the community. Jamaal constantly creates to spur the juices of creative genius and put the “F” meant for “Fun” back into Fine Arts. You can see more of his work at jamonit.carbonmade.com



From August 14th to August 21st, a limited number of lockers will be available while new ones are being installed.

PlaySpace is closed for the construction of a new space for 0 to 3 year olds and their caregivers. While under renovation, look for special Pop-Up PlaySpace experiences and programs throughout the Museum. Learn more about Pop-Up PlaySpace

Our Peep’s World exhibit will be closed for repair August 19th - 21st