Boca Raton Museum of Art
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May 6, 2016
Family-Friendly Fun at the Boca Museum

As it is in every museum, a main goal of the institution is to engage people, most importantly, children. From class field trips to contests, the Museum goes one step further with the family-friendly program rightfully named Creation Station.

Sine 2012, the Museum ran this program for families with busy weekday schedules. It offered a weekend bonding and learning opportunity for children and parents. This was the last Creation Station and I was glad to have been a part of it.

Families learned about visual arts in a relaxed and fun manner by first viewing specific works in museum and then making an artwork themselves in the spirit of that piece.  Activities included crafting a sculpture out of recycled objects, creating a collage, or solving a jigsaw puzzle. Each month Creation Station has a different activity/focus. Volunteers are on hand to assist families.

The artists in focus this time were Miriam Schapiro and James Rosenquist. Both of these artists have pieces, more specifically collages, that are part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Miriam Schapiro Heart in the Heartland Collage

Miriam Schapiro, (Canadian, 1923- ), Heart in the Heartlands, 1979, Fabric collage and acrylic paint on paper, 38 x 36 inches. Permanent Collection 2004.041. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Aber

James Rosenquist Time Magazine Collage

JAMES ROSENQUIST, (American,1933- ),Sketch for Automobile Cover, 1971, collage with magazine pages, tissue paper, tape, crayon and pencil on paper, 15 x 22 inches. Permanent Collection 1993.265. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steinman

Duane Hanson Security Guard
Duane Hanson (American, 1925 – 1996), Security Guard, 1990, autobody filler (fiberglass and polyester resin) polychromed in oil, mixed media with accessories, 72 x 32 x 15 inches. Loan, courtesy of Mrs. Wesla Hanson

This past Saturday I got to act as the volunteer that assisted families, I helped children soak everything in and create their own works of art.

When the first group came in, the girls were cautious of going any further because they had spotted the eerily life-like security guard resting down by the edge of the table: Duane Hanson’s Security Guard.

This went on with every group that entered the museum, including two girls dressed as little princesses, crowns and all. Even the adults were taken by surprise when they discovered he was a sculpture.

When it came time to create their collages many of the kids wanted to give the finished product to dad as a Father’s Day gift. The themes ranged from golf to the sea. The possibilities were endless! I was able to help the kids cut out shapes, and come up with decorating ideas. The parents even got involved; one mom even said “I miss doing this! It is so much fun!” Not only was it fun for them but it was fun for me as well, I loved being able to see the glowing faces of the kids as they proudly showed off their work once it was completed. This just goes to show that all you really need to have fun is some inspiration, and maybe a little glue.


Posted by: Shannon Smagala, Curatorial Intern @ Monday, July 1, 2013 12:00:00 am 
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