In less than a minute, Xavier Jones showed how a group of lines and circles could become a face.
"You didn't see that coming," said Mr. Jones in response to a chorus of surprised "aahs" from those attending the Artrageous! Family Sunday program at the Morris Museum of Art.
More than 50 children, along with the adults who brought them, attended the session about creating caricatures. The session was led by Mr. Jones, who teaches art classes at Michaels on weekdays and at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Saturdays.
There were so many in attendance that organizers had to separate them into two groups. Before the hands-on activity - children getting to draw their own caricatures from a prototype - the entire group took a tour of the Red Grooms exhibit.
The tour was led by Janaan Reynolds, of the museum's education department, and Mr. Jones.
"Some people call Red Grooms a pop artist. He painted about the culture he lived in. He loved New York," Ms. Reynolds said.
The people in Mr. Grooms' paintings, however, aren't necessarily accurate depictions of a certain human being.
"Most of the faces are abstract, slightly deformed or misshapen," Mr. Jones said.
Those pictures are caricatures.
Mr. Jones and Ms. Reynolds told participants to remember Red Grooms and his work when they took part in the drawing exercise.
Katharine Colgan brought her 9-year-old grandson, Will Doss, to the workshop.
"He's been drawing since he was 3 years old," she said. "He started with stick figures. Now you can identify what he's drawing."
Will said he enjoyed the short class.
"I liked the part when he taught us how to draw caricatures," he said. "He did a real good job."
Artrageous! Family Sunday programs are held at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. The next program will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Nancy Bookhart will present a photography project.
For more information, call the museum at 724-7501 or visit www.themorris.org.
Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September programs at the Morris Museum of Art include Artrageous! Family Sunday at 2 p.m. on Sept. 4, and a musical history lesson and stories about the South of Yesteryear at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free. The museum is at 1 10th St. For more information, call 724-7501.
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