Posts Tagged ‘art’

December Programs at the Crocker + McKinley Library

December 1, 2010

December 2 – Gift Making for Kids – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your school-aged child can make handmade gifts for the holidays. *FREE*

December 11 – Holiday Party – 11AM-12PM – McKinley Library
Come visit with Santa and enjoy treats of the season at McKinley Library. *FREE*

December 11 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 1PM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 14 – Homeschool Day – 12-2PM – Crocker Art Museum
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the Museum for thematic, gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. *FREE* but registration is required.

December 15 – Wee Wednesday – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based play date for children ages 3 to 5.  Registration is required. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 16 – Cookie Decorating – 3:30-4:30PM – McKinley Library
Your teen can enjoy the sweetest of crafts in the kitchen. Cookies and supplies will be provided, as well as design ideas. *FREE*

December 19 – Drop, Yak, Splat! – 11AM – Crocker Art Museum
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with Museum admission.

December 26 – Kwanzaa Family Festival – 12-4PM – Crocker Art Museum
Celebrated worldwide, Kwanzaa focuses on family, community, creativity and the cultural traditions found in the African diaspora. At this museum-wide festival, the Crocker celebrates its new collection of African art with music and dance performances, unique studio art workshops, storytelling and much more. *FREE*

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000. (Note: Have you checked out the Crocker’s new website? Too cool!)

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Second Saturday + Crocker Art Museum April Events

April 7, 2010

Have you ventured out to Second Saturday yet in 2010? With each passing month the evenings are warming up and thanks to daylight savings it is lighter later. April would be a great month to check out the local art scene with your families and there is no better place to begin your art walk than the Crocker Art Museum.

Second Saturday this month falls on April 10th and from 12-3PM families can enjoy a Children’s Film Festival at the Crocker. See films from around the world! Stay the entire afternoon or view just a few screenings of animation and live-action shorts. Second Saturday for Families is *FREE* with admission.

Following the Children’s Film Festival there will be a Teen Film Festival hosted by the Teen Action Team. From 3:30-5PM teenagers can enjoy short films about and starring teens. The Festival features nine recently released films, including Up Jump the Boogie and award winning A Summer Rain, ranging from animation to live action comedy drama and theatrical documentaries. This program is presented in partnership with the San Francisco International Children’s Film Festival. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for ages 13-17. Contact Emma Moore at emoore@cityofsacramento.org or call at 916.808.1961 to register. The Teen Film Festival is *FREE* with museum admission.

Since we’re on the subject of events at the Crocker, mark your calendars for Wee Wednesday on April 21st. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. There are sessions offered at 10:30AM and 1PM and although participation is *FREE* with admission, reservations are required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10AM–5PM Tuesday through Sunday and 1st and 3rd Thursdays until 9PM. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and *FREE* admission on Sundays from 10AM-1PM. For more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Children’s Poetry Day

March 18, 2010

Did you know that March 21st is Children’s Poetry Day?

Or that the month of March is…

  • Womens History Month
  • Youth Art Month
  • American Red Cross Month
  • Music in our Schools Month
  • National Craft Month and
  • National Noodle Month?

True story. Why not use one of those as an excuse to do something fun with your child to “celebrate”?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Write a poem with your child with as many words as you can find that rhyme with “March” (making up your own words is completely acceptable)
  • Teach your child about a female family member they don’t know much about or better yet, take them to visit an elderly female to hear about her history
  • Create a work of art out of Red Cross logos…
  • Let your child make a musical instrument out of non-musical instrument materials (pots and pans are my 1-year-old’s favorite)
  • Hold a family Iron Chef competition with prizes for “Best Tasting” and “Most Unique Ingredients” pasta dishes

Instant and *FREE* family fun.

Enjoy!

Does your child have a favorite poet (or author) or a favorite poem?

Wee Wednesday + St. Patty’s Day at Art Beast

March 15, 2010

Are you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit yet? With two days to go, you have a couple more opportunities to participate in *FREE* (or cheap) family activities on Wednesday.

First up, St. Patrick’s Day at Art Beast takes place from 9AM to 6PM and includes Irish storytelling, Shamrock art, green dough, and St. Patrick’s Day crafts. There will even be and a round of Irish tales and Drum Circle at 10:30AM and Irish dance at 10:30AM. This celebration is perfect for the wee ones! The Art Beast St. Patrick’s Day event is *FREE* for members or with admission to Art Beast. Admission for adults and children over 1 is $8 (one extra adult in family and children under 12 months are *FREE*.)

If you don’t have time (or energy) to take your children to Art Beast, Trader Joe’s is coming to your rescue with *FREE* face painting on St. Patrick’s Day. Get some grocery shopping done, pick up a bouquet of Irish Bells for yourself and let the kiddos take home a green balloon (my one-year-old’s favorite part.) Thank you TJ’s.

For your child ages 3-5 make sure to check out Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Reservations are required however the workshop is *FREE* with admission. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

Trader Joe’s is located at 5000 Folsom Boulevard and is open from 9AM-8PM. For more information click here or call 916.456.1853.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s find? Personally, I think their frozen lemonade has something in it that makes it addictive. I can’t get enough of the stuff.

March Second Saturday Art Walk

March 8, 2010

I realize it is Monday but can you blame me for already looking ahead to the weekend? This Saturday, March 13th is the Sacramento Second Saturday Art Walk throughout midtown and downtown (actually, extending all the way to East Sacramento to Fe Gallery.) My honey and I did end up making it to last month’s Second Saturday with our 1-year-old and while it seemed a little “light” on the vendors and exhibits, it was still a nice evening wandering around J Street.

Care to do a little wandering yourself? Begin your art walk at the Crocker Art Museum at their Second Saturday for Families event from 12-3PM. Using simple printmaking techniques and your imagination, discover how opposites, such as positive and negative space, produce captivating artwork. Activities are *FREE* with admission.

For more information about Second Saturday galleries and events click here. For more information about the Crocker Art Museum’s Second Saturday for Families click here or call 916.808.1961.

We’ll see you there!

What do you think about Second Saturday? Fun and interesting? Or lame and overrated?

Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum

February 16, 2010

It’s that time again– Wee Wednesday at the Crocker! Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and an adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Wee Wednesday is *FREE* with admission but pre-registration is required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and admission is $3 for students, $4 for seniors and $6 for ages 12 and up. Wee Wednesday sessions are 10:30AM and 1PM on Wednesday, February 17th and for more information click here or call 916.808.1182.

We’ll see you there!

“Baby and Me” Monday Mornings at Art Beast

February 15, 2010

As a mom with a baby I am super excited when there is “Mommy and Me” anything. It can be difficult as a new mom (and I think it is fair to say you are a new mom until they are at least 2) to find ways to entertain your little one, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom. If that is the case for you, Monday mornings at Art Beast are here to the rescue.

“Baby and Me” Monday begins at 10AM with a Music and Movement class

Infants, toddlers, and adults come together to sing songs, dance, and create art. From a child development perspective, this age learns through the senses, so all the activities will incorporate art through looking, feeling, hearing, and smelling (think rose petal collage, peppermint paint…). And tasting is, of course, inevitable. The process is the key, taking home a product is minimal.  Say the theme is Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. We start at a circle, pass out prints for the children to hold, and we talk about what we see. We might sing a sunflower song, then go to a table of sunflowers to play with- touch, ruffle petals, stack. Lastly, we finger paint with yellow. How about Hopper’s Houses? A child can build a house with blocks and then paint one! Degas’ Dancers? Can’t paint a dancer ’till you’ve danced yourself! Rousseau’s Jungle? Monet’s Water?

You get the idea. Between classes you’ll have time to explore the infant soft space and movement room. If you’ve never been to Art Beast you can check out pictures here. Remember, there is tons of *FREE* parking around Art Beast so don’t let that deter you. Another plus: your admission is tax-deductible since it is also a donation to the Tubman House.

Admission to Art Beast is $8 for ages 12 months and older.  Second adults accompanying a child and babies under 1 year are *FREE*! Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Second Saturday for Families at the Crocker Art Museum

February 11, 2010

Sacramento has many claims to fame (ha, ha) and one of the most popular is Second Saturday. My favorite thing about Second Saturday is that there is literally something for everyone. Whether you are a regular or you’re interested in checking it out for the first time, start your day at the Crocker Art Museum’s Second Saturday for Families: Drawing from Still Life.

The Crocker is home to still-life paintings featuring grapes, flowers, fruit and even dead fish and birds. In this Saturday’s art workshop your family can experiment with an assortment of objects to create and draw a still life arrangement of their own. This would be the perfect way to introduce a form of art to your child, and let them take home their own masterpiece!

Second Saturday for Families is *FREE* with admission to the Crocker Art Museum and takes place Saturday, February 13th from 12-3PM. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for ages 12 and up, $4 for seniors and $3 for students up to 12.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.1182.

We’ll see you there!

How many local artists can you name? (Um, this ESM can’t name any, which I feel is shameful… so you’ll be seeing our family at SS this weekend!)

Valentine Making at McKinley Library

February 9, 2010

We love the after school activities at the McKinley Library. This week your school-aged child can head over from 3:30-4:30PM to join the Friends of McKinley Library for Valentine making.

Crafty materials and Valentines snacks will be provided. Your kiddo can make their Valentine as glittery and detailed or as simple and sweet as their little *hearts* desire.

After school programs at the McKinley Library are *FREE* and the library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard. For more information click here or call 916.264.2700.

We’ll see you there!

Are you shopping locally for your Valentine? Any special shops or East Sac finds we should know about?

Homeschool Day at the Crocker Art Museum

February 8, 2010

Unless you are (or know of) a homeschool mom it seems like there is not much attention given to the homeschool culture. Thank goodness for the Crocker Art Museum and Homeschool Days. This month’s theme is “Portraits Through Time” and will take place from 9AM-1PM on Tuesday, February 9th.

Homeschool Days are designed for small homeschool groups and individual families. These special days feature a trail of docent spotlight talks throughout the Museum, a hands-on art workshop and a post-visit art education activity to do at home.

Homeschool Days are *FREE* to youth groups in Sacramento County and $2 per student outside of Sacramento County. A 1:5 chaperone to student ratio is required and the required chaperones are *FREE* (additional chaperones are $4.) Pre-registration is required so to register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Are you a homeschool mom? Do you know of an East Sacramento Mom who is? We would love to learn more about the homeschool culture in East Sacramento. Comment below or send us an email at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.