Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Art in the Parks

If you like art or have a budding kid artist in the family, this is a great time to get them out in the parks to work with local artists.  The Artists Working in Education van is all set to go and they have a full schedule.  They visit parks during the day and at evening concerts.  This program is best for ages 4-14 and is not designed for large groups like daycares or summer camps.  This is a free drop in program where kids make paintings, masks, sculptures, and other fun projects to take home.  There will be multiple offerings every day from Monday through Friday, 1-4.  For a complete schedule of parks the vans visit, check this link. New this year, is an opportunity to do art during the concerts at various parks from 6-8, in conjunction with Milwaukee county parks free concerts and the Layton Boulevard West summer concert series.

For older kids, there's a satellite studio making collaborative public art.  This is also a drop in program from 1-4, Monday through Friday.  The skill level is greater as they tackle drumming, poetry, photography, screen printing, and many other art projects.  We're so lucky to have this program available for our older youth.

This weekend is the Lakefront Art Festival.  You can still buy advance tickets at $10 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free.  If you wait until the event, you can buy tickets at the gate for $17 adults or $25 for a 3 day pass.  This includes admission to the art museum where the current exhibit is all about Kandinsky.  There will be tents set up with face painting, a variety of art projects to take home, and jugglers.  This is always a great time!

Lynden Sculpture Garden offers Wednesdays in the Garden for parents/caregivers and children ages 4 & 5.  Cost is $10 for an adult and child.  These outings include a little nature, stories, and art.  This is a great place to inspire yourself or kids to appreciate art.  There are sculptures all over the grounds so you can seek them out while you get some exercise.

If you enjoy photography, Wehr Nature Center has a photography group, the Wehr Nature Center Camera Club.  They meet on the second Saturday of the month at the center from 9-11:30.  Follow their Facebook page for additional outings.

The Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park has an art show program that is ongoing which includes speakers and art displays.  This is geared more for adults and is sure to inspire you.

For adults who want to sketch or create art, Havenwoods State Forest has an adult workshop, called drawing in nature, on June 28, from 10-11:30.  You'll go out with a naturalist and draw something in nature.

Alice's Garden is another outdoor space that might inspire you.  They hold walks through the herb labyrinth, host drum circles, poetry readings, and are holding a photography exhibit July 25 from 5-9 as part of the Gallery Night.  The best place to learn about their events is to follow the Facebook page.

Surely something in this list of fun art has you motivated to go to a park and find the artist in you!
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