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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review of Local Speed Free Family Art Activities from The Speed Art Museum

 photo 2013-07-20_124314_zps6cd8a67c.jpgAs many of you are aware, the Speed Art Museum is closed for renovations until 2016.  That means no Rembrandt or Ancient Roman Antiquities, and most importantly no Art Sparks.  But there is good news: the Speed has a number of satellite projects around town and out in the state to help us get our art fixes until the grand reopening.

 photo 2013-07-20_112526_zpse3eb9dcc.jpgIn addition to art exhibitions, the Speed is also sponsoring lots of family-friendly activities around town.  The Saturday morning Free Family Art Activities are a great way to fill your family’s arts and crafts quota.  My family recently attended a screen-printing workshop at the Local Speed facility in NuLu.  Upon our arrival we were greeted by the friendly and helpful volunteers who explained the project we’d be doing. We sat around a table drawing pictures, traced the pictures onto wax paper, and then cut out our designs.  Then we took our wax paper cutouts, taped them to a screen, and waited in line for the screen printing contraption.

 photo 2013-07-20_114550_zpse7c588fb.jpgThe line for the screen printing contraption was pretty long, mainly because everyone finished cutting out their wax paper designs at the same time.  But there was plenty to keep the kiddos occupied and everyone seemed happy to wait and observe the process.  I’ve used a hand-cranked printing press before, but the screen-printing process was completely new to me and therefore really cool to watch over and over.

 photo 2013-07-20_121050_zps4b854f51.jpgMy youngest son was first in line, so once his print was done he was content to wander around the small gallery and then sit back at the table and draw.  My oldest was in line for a while, but he was perfectly content to watch the screen-printing process while he waited.  There are also easels with paper, crayons, and colored chalk for any kids who aren’t as interested in waiting to be creative.

Free Family Art Activities will be held every Saturday morning starting at 11 am at Local Speed.  For more information, check out changingspeed.orgThe activities will be different every week and will fall into a rotating category of media including printing and mixed media.  What better way to kick off the weekend than a free art class followed by a visit to Muth’s Candies and WHY Lou Two?  I’ll see you next weekend in NuLu.

By guest contributor: Maggie

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