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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 and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.
ArtVenture Camps 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. The site offers programs for students age 5-12 during winter and spring break, and for children age 5-14 during the summer, in an atmosphere where creativity, studio art practices, and fun combine to create an enriching experience.
For more information email Rachael Krieps firstname.lastname@example.org or call 884.6441
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 8pm.
California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego
Reimagine some of Santa Barbara's most stunning geography by rendering rolling hills, pale skies, and towering oaks in pastel.
Sundays, 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
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Moon on Musashi Plain
Create a monotype with vibrantly colored printing inks inspired by lunar myths, legends, and festivals featured in Yoshitoshi's "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" on view in the Asian galleries.
February 20 – May 26
The new bilingual installation of the Family Resource Center explores the myths and stories — both cultural and personal — threaded through the exhibition Myth and Materiality, inviting visitors to tell their own stories and to trace their travels or family history on an interactive map already "loaded" with the artists' geographic starting points and places of practice. A dream decoder helps unlock the symbols and imagery of myth and Surrealism, and a hands-on Mural de materiales allows visitors to experience the touch and textures of the materials used by artists in the exhibition.
Family Resource Center
Sunday, October 27, 1 – 4pm
For the 24th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.
Free Family Days and all other Family Programs are made possible through the generosity of the Schlosser Family Trust. Additional support for Dia de los Muertos Free Family Day is provided by Wells Fargo.
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
Bank of America, Shelby Bowen, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation, Citrix Online, Robert and Christine Emmons, Larry Feinberg and Starr Siegele, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Connie Frank and Evan Thompson, Giles Family Foundation, Katherine and Dan Gunther, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, The Hearst Foundations, Cyndee Howard, Hutton Parker Foundation, Junior League of Santa Barbara, Kirby-Jones Foundation, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Little One Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mosher Foundation, Rita and Steven Moya, John Oppedisano and Debra Cabral, The Orfalea Foundations, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Police Activities League, Nancy B. Schlosser, SBMA Docent Council, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Jeanne Thayer, The Towbes Foundation, U.S. Bank, Venoco, Inc., Susan and Hubert Vos, The Elizabeth Firth Wade Endowment Fund, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and an anonymous donor.