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November / December

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 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.

Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled (Elephant), 1887. Collotype. SBMA, Gift of Margaret W. Weston

Animal Locomotion

Thursday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Draw elephants or raccoons on sheets of acetate film to create the illusion of animals in motion after Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs in Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.



Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
1:30 – 4:30 pm
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.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum

Frederick Hammersley, In the pink, 1964. Oil on panel, artist-made frame. SBMA, Gift of Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Oil Pastel
Sunday, December 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Create an abstract composition of organic shapes and rich colors using water soluble oil pastels and tempera paint, then cut it up and reassemble after Frederick Hammersley’s In the pink (1964).


Erin Graffy Book Signing
Wednesday, December 3, 5 – 8 pm
Local author Erin Graffy promotes her most recent publication Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art, with her other books also available.

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Images: Jack Spencer, Water Dogs, 1997. Gelatin silver print, ed. 14/15. SBMA, Gift of Arthur B. Steinman. Yuichi Hibi, Hibi’s Me-chan, 1993 (printed 2008). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/15. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Lorna Hedges

Felix vs. Fido: Watch the Videos and Vote for Your Favorite
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 7:30 pm
Gather on the Museum's Front Steps and watch a curated collection of looped cat and dog videos—from six-second videos to short films and everything in between—curated by SBMA Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer and UCSB Professor of Critical Theory and Integrated Studies Colin Gardner. Then cast your vote (Cat vs. Dog) on slips of paper, and see who wins during 1st Thursday!

Museum Front Steps

Quire of Voyces
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 – 7 pm
This dynamic a capella group returns to SBMA! The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

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Right: Jean-baptist-camille Corot, Les Glacis d’un Chateau-Fort en ruine (or La Freté-Milon), 1885-1865. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Gift of the A.E. Clegg Family.

How Nature Frames the Landscape: Trees & Leaves, Branches & Twigs
Saturday, December 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Explore nature’s art forms using acrylic paint and printing inks. We’ve all looked up through leafy trees to discover intricate light patterns formed by foliage. December is the month for the “sky windows” that are framed by the nearly bare branches of the season. Capturing the interplay of natural botanical shapes against colorful backgrounds is the focus of this Adult Studio Class. Works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art provide illustrations of how various artists integrate the positive shapes (foliage) with the negative space around it to create depth, visual interest, and bold design. Use different techniques to design leafy patterns, branch borders, and sky windows, and explore color and texture, expressive line, repetition of shape, negative space, and the transition from realism to abstraction.
Facilitators: Joni Chancer & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artists

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House

$85 SBMA Members/$90 Non-Members (includes all materials)
Register online at

Suemae Willhite Pop-Up Shop and Calligraphy Demonstration
Saturday , December 6, 12 –5 pm
Calligrapher Suemae Willhite demonstrates the art of brush painting, also called Japanese Sumi-e painting. Her greeting cards and porcelains reflect her wide range of subjects and compositions and include Chinese impressionism and abstract images. Come experience her unique style — a fusion of East meets West.

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Gift Workshop All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving
Saturday, December 13, 9 am – 3 pm
Ages 5 – 12
This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the Museum’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments, and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. Workshop size is limited to 30 children grouped by age.

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street

$65 SBMA Members/$75 Non-Members
To register, visit or contact Rachael Krieps at 884-6441 or

Caron Miller Pop-Up Shop
Saturday , December 13, 12 – 5 pm
Caron Miller’s wearable art and fashionable accessories fit every style and size. Her beautifully handcrafted products are made in Santa Barbara with travel, fashion, and function in mind. Come meet Caron and Bootsie (Caron's Chichuahua/Terrier mix) and try on something that makes you feel “beautimous” (Caron’s word for fabulous, gorgeous, and divinely beautiful!)

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