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The ArtVenture After-School Program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of art fundamentals such as drawing, painting, sculpting, color, and composition while directly connecting to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s current exhibitions. As students create art, they build confidence, become actively familiar with the Museum, and learn visual thinking strategies which enhance communication, visual literacy skills, and critical thinking across all curriculum areas.

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. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters, sculptors, a children's book illustrator and a ceramicist who are all experienced art educators.

ArtVenture Camps, After-School Classes & Holiday Workshops take place at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, the Museum's off-site facility dedicated to hands-on art education for children.

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Family 1st Thursday
Thursday February 5; March 5, 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.

Marc Chagall, Blue Angel, 1937. Gouache and pastel on paper. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.

Symbols in Painting

February 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Discover personal symbols like fish, barnyard animals, and birds rendered in jewel tones that Chagall included in Blue Angel, featured in the Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation exhibition. Then, paint your own magical composition in gouache on paper.

Sandro Botticelli (and Possibly Assistant), The Annunciation, ca. 1490-95. Oil, tempera and gold leaf on walnut panel, 19 1/2 x 24 7/16 in. (49.5 x 61.9 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Visual Storytelling
March 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Use colored pencils and metallic paint to reimagine the architecture, landscape, and figures in Sandro Botticelli’s The Annunciation, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.

Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
February 8; March 8, 1:30 - 4:30pm
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.


Luigi da Rios, Overlooking a Canal, Venice, 1886. Oil on canvas, 18 13/16 x 26 15/16 in. (47.8 x 68.3 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Adam Teacher, 1898 (787). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Acrylic Wash
February 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Reimagine the story in a detail from your favorite 19th-century painting by creating a setting, characters, or action that make it come to life, inspired by the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.

Antonio Balestra, Justice and Peace Embracing, ca. 1700. Oil on canvas, 42 x 55 1/4 in. (106.8 x 140.3 cm). Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (266). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Tempera Cakes
March 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Sketch figures in profile from Antonio Balestra’s Justice and Peace Embracing, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition. Then, add color in tempera paint to complete your portrait.

Claude Monet, Charring Cross Bridge (detail), 1899. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Katharine Dexter McCormick in memory of her husband, Stanley R. McCormick; John Divola, 74V62 (detail), from the series "Vandalism", 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist. Al Held, Brughes II (detail), n.d. Acrylic on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Carol L. Valentine.

Family Resource Center Installation: Sci-Art
What happens when art meets science? Learn more about the Museum's permanent collection and participate in hybrid hands on activities designed by our team of Museum Teaching Artists and their scientific "lab partners."

The Sci-Art installation is equal parts scientific laboratory and art studio. How do we see color? What can running dogs teach us about physics? How can a bag of flour emulate the stars?

Learn, discover, build, and create as we explore the thread between imagination and reality.

Family Resource Center


Free Family Guides: Now Available at the Visitors Services Desks
Free family guides for the permanent collection and special exhibitions help parents and children explore the galleries together. New guides are produced several times a year that feature guided looking questions, gallery games, sketching activities and family friendly information on artists and exhibition themes.

Free Family Days
Día de los Muertos
October 2015, 1 — 4pm
For the 26th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps and back plaza including music by Conjunto Jardin, dance performances by Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcóatl, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

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Free Family Days and all other Family Programs are made possible through the generosity of the Schlosser Family Trust.
Additional support for the Dia de los Muertos Free Family Day is provided by Wells Fargo and the Junior League of Santa Barbara.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their
contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:

Schlosser Family Trust

Jane and Ken Anderson, The Arvey Foundation, Gwen and Henry Baker, Bank of America, Hiroko Benko, Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr., Patricia and Richard Blake, Sheila and Richard Bonsignore, Shelby Bowen, Susan D. Bowey, California Arts Council, Zora and Les Charles, Gordon B. Crary, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Dalaney, Suzanne and Tom Deardorff Family, Julia Delgado M.D., Jane Eagleton, Echelon Video, Betsy and Roy Edwards, Lois Erburu, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Martha and John Gabbert, Dorothy and John Gardner, Arthur R. Gaudi, Diane and Mike Giles, Paul Guido, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, Perri Harcourt, Anne and Houston Harte, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, Lorna S. Hedges, High Tide Foundation, Shirley Ann and James H. Hurley, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Susan and Palmer Jackson Family, Gina and Joe Jannotta, Junior League of Santa Barbara, Kind World Foundation, Kirby-Jones Foundation, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Sharon and John Light, Little One Foundation, Lucifer Lighting Company, The Luria Family Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Jennifer and John Markham Family, Siri and Bob Marshall, Sheila and Frank McGinity, Gretchen and Marshall Milligan, Montecito Bank & Trust, Peggy and Dudley Morris, Mosher Foundation, Jillian and Peter Muller Family, Françoise and James Park, Joanne Pearson, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Thomas Rollerson and Michael Erickson, Regina and Rick Roney, Savoir Faire Catering, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Susan and Arthur W. Schultz, Laura and Craig Shelburne Family, Stephanie and Fred Shuman, Southern California Edison, Marianne Sprague, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Steele Family Foundation, Stone Family Foundation, Diane and Selby Sullivan, Target, Connie Frank and Evan C. Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, Jeanne G. Towles, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Patricia J. Van Every, Susan and Hubert Vos, Tim Walsh and Mike Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Williams-Corbett Foundation, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.


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