Check Out Family Fun At Musuem Of Fine Arts, Houston

July 14, 2010

Here’s a look at what’s going on at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this week:

The Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street.   Permanent collection: selections of European art until 1920 and American art until 1945.  Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, through Sept. 12; The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture, through Aug. 29.

Creation Station: At the Moulin Rouge – This week´s theme: Looking at dancers from Paris, France.  At Creation Station, families can drop in anytime and create art with an MFAH teaching artist. Each week, explore a different work of art and learn a new art-making technique.

Recommended Ages: 4+.  From June 10 to Aug. 15, children can become an MFAH Art Detective at Creation Station. Each week, there will be a new work of art for detectives to investigate and explore in the galleries. After each “case” is completed, participants earn a stamp from the MFAH Teaching Artist at the Creation Station program. When the program ends, all Art Detectives will be eligible for a special prize drawing.   July 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and July 18, 1 to 4 p.m.

Summer Storytime, Bring your family and explore the museum together with Summer Storytime. Family friendly Summer Storytime tours introduce young learners to the world of art through hands-on gallery activities, close looking, and the reading of one to two storybooks in MFAH galleries. Drop-in Summer Storytime Tours last one hour and are offered every Thursday and Friday at both 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reservations are available for groups of 10 to 30 people. Contact the Education Department at 713-639-7858 to schedule your group Summer Storytime tour.  One hour Summer Storytime tours meet in the lobby of the Beck Building.  July 15 and July 16, 10:15 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gallery Investigations, This week´s theme: Looking at dancers from Paris, France
Gallery Location: 225.  Uncover details and insights about works of art from around the world with an MFAH educator at this interactive gallery experience. Drop in anytime.

Recommended Ages: 4+.  From June 10 to Aug. 15, children can become an MFAH Art Detective. Each week, there will be a new work of art for detectives to investigate and explore in the galleries. After each “case” is completed, participants earn a stamp from the MFAH Teaching Artist at the Creation Station program (also held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays). When the program ends, all Art Detectives will be eligible for a special prize drawing.  July 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sketching in the Galleries, This week´s theme: Looking at dancers from Paris, France
Gallery Location: 225.   Observe, learn, and create surrounded by art. An MFAH teaching artist guides your sketching experience in the galleries. Drop in Free with general museum admission. From June 10 to Aug. 15, children can become an MFAH Art Detective at Creation Station. Each week, there will be a new work of art for detectives to investigate and explore in the galleries. After each “case” is completed, participants earn a stamp from the MFAH Teaching Artist at the Creation Station program (held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays). When the program ends, all Art Detectives will be eligible for a special prize drawing.  July 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members’ Tour: How Did They Do That ? Ceramics, Marveling at a completed work of art on view at the museum, do you ever ask yourself “How did they do that?” Find out the answer this summer by examining the process artists use to create works of art. The Members Tour each month will focus on different materials frequently found across the MFAH collection — oil painting, gold, and ceramic — and explores how various artists employed each medium to achieve distinctive visual effects. Discover subtle details in works of art that reflect the materials used to make them and gain a new appreciation for familiar works of art on these tours.  July 10, 17, 24, 31: Ceramics: Throwing, coiling, slabbing, firing, glazing, incising: discover these processes, along with their tools and materials, all used in making ceramics. Travel around the globe and through time to explore this universal medium that connects objects from the Neolithic Age to new contemporary art forms. Advanced registration required. RSVP today at rsvp@mfah.org or 713-353-1550. Reservations are available on a first come, first served basis.  July 17, 11 a.m.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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