Family Days

Exhibition-inspired activities for children and their families.

 

2018

Sunday, February 25, 2 pm

Join us for a tour of Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists, followed by an interactive performance by Amadou Diallo, a master drummer, performer and educator from West Africa who integrates musical performance with storytelling and cultural history.

Advance registration required.

 

Sunday, April 29, 2 pm

Join us for a tour of Steven Holl: Making Architecture and a workshop led by art educator, designer and AGRISCULPTURE Founder Amy Lewis Sweetman.

Advance registration required.

 

Sunday, May 13, 2 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Dorsky with a tour of Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries, followed by a hands-on printmaking activity with the Poughkeepsie Printwagon, an outreach project of PUF Studios and Barrett Art Center. 

Advance registration required.

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PAST EVENTS

Sunday, October 29, 2 pm
Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
Join us for a family friendly tour and workshop using the exhibition to discuss the theme of transformation. As fall progresses and the trees change colors, it is a good time to reflect on how artists address the theme of transformation; be it by transforming one image into another, transforming an everyday object into a work of art or transforming the way we look at something. After the tour, we will create our own lenticular images, which create the illusion of transformation by weaving and folding two images on a single surface.

Sunday, September 24, 2 pm
Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
Join us for a family friendly tour and workshop using the exhibition to discuss the use of text in art. After touring the exhibition and considering the ways that participating artists have incorporated text and image, we will create photo-transfers over written text while thinking of how the image and words interact to create, clarify or distort meaning.

Sunday, July 30, 2 pm
Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor – Hudson Valley Artists 2017
With Undercurrents artist Matthew Friday.
Join us for a family friendly tour, followed by an artist-designed workshop! We will begin with a tour of the exhibition which will focus on conservation efforts in the Hudson River and after, we will be making biodegradable paper boats which will be painted using vegetable based dyes and sprinkled with seeds of plants which help to stabilize banks of rivers. After producing our boats, we will head to the New Paltz Boat Landing (a short distance from the museum) where we will release our boats into the Wallkill River to sail away on their duty of re-growing and stabilizing the riverbank.


Sunday, July 2, 2 pm
Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor – Hudson Valley Artists 2017
With Undercurrents artist Jenny Lee Fowler.
How is the life of the river in your hands? We will ask children to consider this question as we tour the exhibition and in the follow-up activity, led by Jenny Lee Fowler. Fowler will briefly discuss the history of paper-cutting, share some of her favorite examples and then lead us in an exercise using a tracing of our hands as a background for other elements.

Sunday, May 14, 2-4:30 pm
Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off
Join us for a special Mother's Day edition of Family Day for a family-friendly tour of the exhibition Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off, focusing on her transparent, layered surfaces. After the tour, we will make drawings on wooden squares and then do a gel medium photo-transfer on top to discuss layering. 

 

Sunday, April 30, 2-4:30 pm
Tex/tures of Iraq: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Oded Halahmy
Join us for a family-friendly tour of the exhibition Tex/tures of Iraq: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Oded Halahmy. The tour will focus on the use of text and calligraphy in art. After the tour, we will be joined by Arabic Calligrapher and SUNY New Paltz Professor, Amera Abdalhafez, who will teach us how to write and paint our names in Arabic Calligraphy.

 

Sunday, March 12, 2-4:30 pm
Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts
Join us for a family-friendly tour and scavenger hunt of the exhibition Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts. The tour will focus on his use of animal imagery and shadow boxes (cabinets). After the tour, we will use oven-bake clay to make our own animals, inspired by Carl Walters. We will make these into pendants to be worn as necklaces, bake them in the museum oven and, before stringing them, arrange them all in a shadow box of our own to make a unique story and photographs.

 

Sunday, February 26, 2-4:30 pm
Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts
Join us for a family-friendly tour and scavenger hunt of the exhibition Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts. The tour will focus on his use of animal imagery and shadow boxes (cabinets). After the tour, we will use oven-bake clay to make our own animals, inspired by Carl Walters. We will make these into pendants to be worn as necklaces, bake them in the museum oven and, before stringing them, arrange them all in a shadow box of our own to make a unique story and photographs.

 

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