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Family 1st Thursday
June 4, July 2, August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.

Ray Stanford Strong, Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon), 1927. Oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Robert and Marlene Veloz.

Twilight Landscapes
June 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sketch diffused sunlight on a landscape in chalk pastel on tan paper, then use a masking technique to create a dark tree line against the sky, inspired by Ray Strong’s Twilight, Mt. Hood (Near Cherryville, Oregon).

Animal Mask and Bird Designs for Bronze Vessels
July 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled, ca. 1924. Linoleum cut. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ala Story Purchase Fund.

Abstract Prints
August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Experiment with different hatched, lined, and dotted patterns to create prints in silvery inks on dark paper.


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
June 14, July 12, August 9, 1:30 – 4:30

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.
In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.


Fragment of Snake Goddess in the Asian Galleries

June 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Sculpt your own version of an ancient Indian snake goddess in terracotta clay. Add texture to the form with patterns painted in red and black.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled (Space Modulator), 1946. Oil on Plexiglas. McMaster Museum of Art, Levy Bequest Purchase.

Moholy–Nagy’s Untitled (Space Modulator)
July 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Paint an abstract composition in brightly hued and black acrylics on clear transparencies.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Composition (detail), n.d. (ca. 1922-23). Paper collage on paper, SBMA, Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Mack.

Moholy–Nagy’s Composition
August 9, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Create a collage using colored and metallic papers on a dark background.

Summer ArtVenture Camps

June 15 – August 21
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art.

For more information or registration, visit

Ray Stanford Strong, Van Gogh Bridge, Amsterdam, 1971, Conté crayon on paper, SBMA, museum purchase, funds provided by and anonymous donor.

Local Poets on Ray Strong
Thursday, June 11, 5:30 – 7pm

Santa Barbara poets follow Ray Strong's example in SBMA's exhibition and write about the world "Beyond Santa Barbara," while remaining true to locally cultivated poetic visions. Organized by former Poet Laureate David Starkey, and including current Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, as well as Chryss Yost, who is also a former Poet Laureate and editor of  California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present.

Museum Front Steps

Lansdowne Hermes, Roman, Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE); Marble; Gift of Wright S. Ludington.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Figure in Classical Antiquity
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Capture the contour lines of the classically rendered human form after guided viewing of select Greco-Roman sculptures in the Museum’s antiquities collection. Practice drawing light and shadow on musculature and drapery through the use of dark and light values.
All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above) on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.

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