Originally created 03/09/06

Children get Artrageous at museum

Vickie Boyd was surprised by her sons' choices when they were drawing pictures of family pets. The Aiken family has miniature horses, but Jacob, 9, and Samuel, 7, chose cats as their subjects.

"We have four cats; we used to have eight," said Jacob, who painted a picture of his cat Nibs as part of the Artrageous! Family Sundays program at the Morris Museum of Art.

The program related to the museum's current exhibition, What Dogs Dream: Paintings and Works on Paper by William Dunlap, said Sarah Alexander, the museum's volunteer and tour coordinator.

Mrs. Boyd and her two sons are regulars at the Artrageous programs.

"I know nothing about art, and we home-school," she said.

The family has been attending the programs for about three years and most enjoy those where the children "sit down and use their hands," she said.

Jacob said drawing the pet pictures was his favorite activity at the museum.

Home schooled pupil Jamie Kling, of Jackson, drew pictures of her two dachshunds, Frank and Dutch, and her black Labrador retriever, Apollo, at Sunday's event.

"It's entertaining and fun," she said of the museum events.

The Artrageous programs are held the first Sunday of each month. On April 2, members of the museum's teen advisory council will present games based on paintings in the museum's permanent collection.

On Sunday, May 7, children will make abstract art based on the exhibit The Songs of Maybelle Stamper.

Other upcoming events include the Combining Voices Awards Program at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 30, and a Mother's Day arts and crafts activity at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, there will be a family day event called By Native Hands. The program will include a demonstration by artist in residence Nancy Basket and a take-home art activity.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

What's next

The Morris Museum of Art's teen advisory council will have games based on paintings in the museum's permanent collection at the Artrageous program at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2. For more information about the museum's programs, call 724-7501.


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