Oh what fun! An Interactive Art Workshop for Families!

On Sunday January 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, the Henry will be hosting a hands-on art workshop geared towards families. Bring your kids! Bring your friends! Bring yourselves!

First, visitors will go on a guided, interactive tour of the exhibit Videowatercolors: Carel Balth Among His Contemporaries where we will explore works that combine photography, painting, and film.

Next, visitors will head to the education studio and make their own art inspired by the exhibition. You will get to use layers of paint, photography, and other mediums to create something awesome and unique.

Workshops are appropriate for ages 5 and up, but parents are encouraged to join!

Meet us at the Henry for this fun and interesting workshop that is FREE with museum admission.

Please register for the event at:

http://www.henryartandkids.eventbrite.com

Email questions to: tours@henryart.org

Art Discovery Family Workshop

This Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 PM, dig deeper on the art on view at the Henry and get dirty with an art-making activity!

We’ll explore Dutch artist Carel Balth’s Videowatercolors in an interactive tour and art-making activity where you’ll experiment with mixed media collage techniques to create original artworks that explore light and color. For more information, email tours@henryart.org


Carel Balth (Netherlands, born 1939)

Skyscape (Blue Horizon)
. 2003
Inkjet print
42 1/2 x 55 1/2 in. (108 x 141 cm)
Private collection

Celebrate Arts Education Month!

Arts Education Month

May is officially recognized as Arts Education Month in Washington state! We acknowledge the critical role the arts can play in our schools and the community. An important program at the Henry that exemplifies this thought into action is the Henry High School Student Guide Program.

Since 1997, the Henry Art Gallery and Roosevelt High School have partnered to bring students a greater appreciation for art in their everyday lives. Roosevelt students, and now Shorecrest High School students, are trained as Museum Guides to create and lead interactive tours for the community and their peers.
The Henry High School Student Guide Program was recognized in Winter of 2011 by PBS affiliate KCTS 9 and was among the recipients of the 2010 Golden Apple Award.

You  can currently experience a High School Student led tour of Inspiring Vision: Looking at Photography and The Talent Show. Tours offered through June 17th.
• 50-minute interactive tours encourage creativity and critical thinking.
• Tours are scheduled between Wednesday 11-4pm, Thursday-Friday 11-9pm and Saturday-Sunday 11-4pm.

For more information on scheduling a tour e-mail tours@henryart.org or call 206-221-4980.

To learn more and speak out for the arts checkout ArtsED Washington’s Arts Education Month tool kit.

Last Week to View the Seattle Camera Club Show!

This is the last week to see  Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club an exhibition of over 200 images created by members of the Seattle Camera Club. The Seattle Camera Club was founded in 1924 by Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest. They produced work that was published widely and exhibited in national and international competitions.

Over the course of the show, a number of tours were given to public groups, faculty and students. A group of photography students from Nathan Hale High School toured the show this last week.  During their tour they were asked to make lists of the first ten words that come into their head when viewing the images. A selection of their choice of descriptive words include the following list:

haunted/ bright / ink painting/ lonely/ lighting and shadows/ still/ earthy/ misty/ nature/ cityscape/ scenic/ fog/ dream/ cinematic/ experimental/  heavenly/ gritty/ light play/ traditional/ companion/ still / the northwest/ old/ skies / 1920s/ painting-like/ unconventional/ working class/ architectural/ center of interest

The students also commented during their tour that the individual images in the exhibition were both interesting and compositionally strong enough to stand on their own. They left saying they felt inspired!

Many of the tour groups were particularly intrigued by the technical aspects behind pictorial photography. Some of the most popular questions to come up during a tour were some variation of: “how did they make that?” This could reference the texture, soft focus, blurring or double exposure of an image.

Though we don’t know the specific processes used by the artists in the Camera Club, Pictorial photographers in general would use a number of methods to alter their photographs such as scratching their negatives, using a variety of filters in the darkroom, placing petroleum jelly on the lens of their camera and dying their images in tea. You can go here to learn more about different experimental photography techniques to try!

On April 23rd we tested some of these methods during Cherry BLOSSOM, a springtime celebration of the Seattle Camera Club! For this event, Youth in Focus led two workshops that explored techniques in pictorial photography. With the use of disposable cameras and creativity they created images inspired by the work of  The Seattle Camera Club, many of which are on view in Molly’s cafe at the Henry!

Posted by: Sarah Jenks, UW Exhibition Guide

Explore the Henry Through a Photography Inspired Art Discovery Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Henry is opening their gallery spaces for young visitors to explore the many photographs currently on view through a new Art Discovery Workshop.  These interactive workshops enable school aged children and their families to interact with the art on view at the Henry through an art making activity!

Last month’s workshop explored the topic of “What is Art?”  The 30 minute tour highlighted several mediums ranging from textiles to sculptures to installation pieces.  One group compared a group of aprons on display with the ones they use at home.  The art making activity focused on abstract landscapes inspired by Stuart Davis’ 1931 Trees and El on view.  The Children reconstructed landscapes from either their memory or an image with only colored paper, scissors, and glue.  By the end of the afternoon everyone, the children, their families, as well as the exhibition guides, left with new perspectives about “What is Art”.

The Art Discovery Workshop on March 13 will be inspired by the new Inspiring Vision Exhibition opening March 5th.  This show emphasize artist’s choices throughout the photographic process. These photographs, along with a few from the Vortexhibition Polyphonica exhibition, encourage discussion-based interaction and interpretation.  Come and join us for this exciting workshop!  Please sign up to reserve your spot on the Henry’s website:

http://www.henryart.org/events/show/351

-Rachel Marguet-Smith, Henry Exhibition Guide

Function : Form : Funk Part 2

There is more amazing poetry that I need to share and some pics of the students at work. All of the students did an amazing job.

Enjoy!

Funk:

Stop staring at me

All of you

Every face in this room

Real or not

You’re disturbing

Function:

Bird houses ticking

Hammers and crescent shaped knives dangling

What is the meaning of this?

Communism – one house went cuckoo

Form:

The windows are flying away

So you can see outside

Clearer than ever before

So you can breathe some air

Fresher than ever before

By: Carmen Schafer

What do you want for dinner?  (inspired by Funk)

What would you like for dinner sir?

We have many types of delicacies

A curried eyeball from a pretty miss

A beating heart straight out of my little sis

An intenstine taken reluctantly from our guest

We assure you we only serve the best

Tendons that no longer cause the patient pain

Served along with bleeding veins

What’s that kind sir, you don’t want dinner

You say you want to become a bit thinner

That’s not a problem you should pose

It’s okay we’ll take your nose.

By: Linnea Uyeno

Roller Coaster of red

Cubes stacked together

Ghostly noise

A pattern of shapes

Waste of perfectly good tape

A silver-painted statue

Set apart in a corner

Voices

A mysterious smile on his lips

Hands folded

A wrist watch gleaming on his wrist

A circle of fiery red

Two cups upon one another

Still and silent

The colors seem to send a message

By: James Wedgewood

Musings

Students partaking in the UW Middle School Young Writers Workshop paid a visit to the Henry this past month to search for literary inspiration. They took an exploratory look through our dynamic exhibition Vortexhibition Polyphonica. Their instructor Storme Webber, an accomplished spoken word, vocal and visual artist with an extensive experience in writing, teaching and performance guided her students to find poetry within the Henry’s collection. Here is a poem created from a student’s experience with Gary Hill’s Wall Piece. To read more of the students’ brilliant work visit the class’s blog at stormesraindrops.wordpress.com.

Dark Picture by Piggy Zombie

Pung! Pung! Pung!

Lights!

Surprising!

Jumping!

Picturing one person

Can surprise

Other!

Lights!

One person Jump!

Everybody Jump!

One, more, One, more,

Keep closing eyes!

Jump!  Surprise!  Lights!

Shiny!

It makes bright

For one second!

Surprise!

Jumping!

Crashing to the wall!

The Kids Are Alright

School is almost out for Roosevelt High School students and what a great way to start celebrating the year’s accomplishments with the 12th annual Roosevelt Student Art Show and Open Mic at the Henry!

The RHS Student Art Show opened last Friday, May 7th and the event began with an Open Mic in the Henry auditorium. Students, family, friends and teachers filled the space to capacity in a show of support to the display of creativity, talent and skill on stage. Performances took shape in various forms; music, poetry, comedy and spoken word. It was a magnificent night that left anticipation for many more Open Mics in the future.  RHS students who helped make the event happen and curated the RHS Art Show were Elaine Colligan, Mia Stroutsos and Amy Stromme.  RHS student work will be on display through May 30th in the Henry education studio.

“Curating the RHS Art Show was both a delight and a challenge. Through playing around with the different artworks and deciding to hang the largely black-and-white photographs separately from the colorful paintings, I think a body of varied works turned into a cohesive show. Special kudos to Associate Curator Misa Jeffereis,who taught us some finer points about curating and helped eyeball a piece that couldn’t decide how it wanted to be hung. Many thanks also to Maria Reyna – she helped us coordinate and channel our ideas into a final project that we hope the artists and students who came for the Open Mic enjoyed.”

-Elaine Colligan

Our partnership with Roosevelt High School continues to grow and the Henry and community continue to be enriched with the students’ energy and abilities.

In addition to the students’ annual art show we also continue to benefit and learn from their participation in the Henry Art Gallery Artlink Program: RHS at the Henry. Students enroll in the program and train with Halinka Wodzicki, Museum Educator, to become docents and provide tours on current Henry exhibitions to their fellow peers. Offered twice in the school year, the students learn to lead a discussion about contemporary art and integrate it with classroom curriculum.

Many thanks to the students, Halinka Wodzicki, Henry staff, and all RHS teachers for their hard work and support.

The Kids Are Alright! (At least @ Roosevelt High School)

What a fantastic way to celebrate Arts Education Month by having Roosevelt High School student artwork at the Henry!

The Henry is currently hosting the 11th annual Roosevelt Student Art Show in the education studio. The show opened last Friday, May 8th and the students celebrated with an Open Mic in the Henry auditorium. The space lit up with a diverse display of talent and skill. Performances took shape in various forms; music, poetry, spoken word. RHS student Lilli Cantwill brilliantly organized and curated both the RHS Art Show and Open Mic. The Roosevelt Hight School  Art Show will be on display through May 31st.

Our partnership with Roosevelt High School continues to grow and the Henry and community continue to be enriched with the students’ energy and abilities.

In addition to the students’ annual art show we also continue to benefit and learn from their participation in the Henry Art Gallery Artlink Program: RHS at the Henry. Students enroll in the program and train with Halinka Wodzicki, Museum Educator, to become docents and provide tours on current Henry exhibitions to their fellow peers. Offered twice in the school year, the students learn to lead a discussion about contemporary art and integrate it with classroom curriculum.

Many thanks to the students, Halinka Wodzicki, and all RHS teachers for their hard work and support.

Artist: Allie SeroussiArtist: Susanna Felak

Artist: Susanna Felax
Artist: Susanna Felax
Artist: Christina Tull

Artist: Elaine Colligan
Artist: Elaine Colligan

Artist: Rudolph Rahfeldt
Artist: Rudolph Rahfeldt
Artist: Jim McGowan
Artist: Jim McGowan
Artist: Theo Henderson -
Artist: Nitz-Ritter -- Spring 09 Roosevelt High School at the Henry Art Gallery
Artist: Nitz-Ritter -

Artist: Tia Peschon
Artist: Tia Pescho