Teen Programs

Emerging Teens Program

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This program is for students aged 12-15 with a passion for art, a curiosity for learning in a museum environment, and a craving for new experiences with artists and peers. Mentored by SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Tina Villadolid, participants dive into the themes of a current exhibition and/or a featured artist during a session of six weekly classes. Inspired by these themes, the group creates art in a variety of mediums, showcase their resulting artwork, and lead activities connected to their discoveries at a culminating event. Each session includes interaction with a visiting Artist-in-Residence.

There are three separate sessions: fall, winter, and spring, 2017-2018. Classes take place 3:30-5:30 pm on Thursdays at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Fall and Winter Sessions) and at the Ridley-Tree Education Center (Spring Session), and may occasionally include additional expeditions. There is a 10 student capacity, and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Students may sign up for one, two, or all three sessions.

Students are to be dropped off and picked up at SBMA by a parent, guardian, or otherwise designated responsible party. Other arrangements for drop off/pick up may be discussed with the Senior Teaching Artist leading the program. Participants must be able to commit to all 6 classes and culminating event dates within each session.

Fall Session: Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now

The multi-sensorial work of artist Valeska Soares offers unexpected ways to experience memory, love, and time; students create pieces in response to her work, which will ultimately become part of an interactive altar installation during SBMA's annual Community Celebration honoring the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Winter Session: Photography

An exhibition of photographs launches an exploration of how an artist chooses a subject, approaches the challenge of capturing it, and expresses individual vision through a camera lens. Students share an assortment of cameras and can use personal smart phones, if available. Artist Janet Delaney, a photographer and educator based in Berkeley, CA, lends her experience and sensibility to the project, with a culminating event taking place on a Museum Free Thursday Evening, open to the public.

Spring Session: Sculpture

Using pieces from the Asian collection as source material, the group experiments with 3-dimensional visual narratives and sculpts contemporary versions of ancient objects in clay and other media. Inspiration from artist and educator Patrick Melroy expands the group's work into an interactive experience. The culminating event takes place on a Museum Free Thursday Evening, open to the public.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Tina Villadolid, Senior Teaching Artist
Santa Barbara Art Museum

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