MakerSpace Open Studio
Jul
2
Jul 3

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  What is Upcycling?

Saturday + Sunday July 2-3  |  11am - 4:30pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Learn about recycling—the fun way! Bring in old t-shirts and learn how to make them into bracelets, headbands, scarves, and bags. We’ll also experiment with t-shirt weaving. 

Mixed Media Drop-In  |  Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jul
8
1:00 pm13:00

Mixed Media Drop-In | Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Mixed Media Drop-In|  Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Friday, July 8  |  1pm-4pm  |  $15, includes materials

Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques, and practice creating patterns and varying color depth. Yards of muslin fabric will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, as indigo will stain fabrics. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  DIY Stop-Motion Movie Making

Saturday July 9|  11am - 4:30pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Lights, Camera, Action! Use modeling clay and imagination to make a short stop-motion movie! Participants will storyboard an idea, make figures with modeling clay, and draw their own movie backgrounds in order to make a short film. 

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults  |  Beach Day
Jul
13
9:30 am09:30

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults | Beach Day

Stay-Cation Summer Camp  |  Beach Day

Wednesday, July 13  |  9:30am - 12pm  |  Adults of all ages  |  $25 Drop-In 

Why should kids have all the fun? Take a trip back to summer camp with our Stay-Cation Summer Camp for adults! Come hang out with friends in our Craft Shack, try out retro crafts, games and Maker activities. It's sure to be a trip down memory lane, but with a modern twist! Drinks and snacks will be provided - adult riffs on classic camp and kid summer offerings, including fancy s'mores, browned butter and Himalayan sea salt Rice Krispie treats, and more! Camp will be held at NUMU and our Airstream trailer onsite. 

Instructors  |  Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the intersection of art, science and technology with students while creating projects like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks in classes at NUMU and the Los Gatos Recreation Department.

Karen Harlan has been drawing, sewing and creating since childhood.  As a collector of vintage textiles, Karen likes to take something old and re-purpose it into something beautiful and useful for today.  Karen was an art director at Papyrus greeting card company for seven years and still freelances for them today.  She has also been a member of the Art Docents of Los Gatos since 2007 and enjoys sharing her love of art with children.

PRE-REGISTER HERE!

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults  |  Mountain Camping
Jul
14
9:30 am09:30

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults | Mountain Camping

Stay-Cation Summer Camp  |  Mountain Camping

Thursday, July 14  |  9:30am - 12pm  |  Adults of all ages  |  $25 Drop-In 

Why should kids have all the fun? Take a trip back to summer camp with our Stay-Cation Summer Camp for adults! Come hang out with friends in our Craft Shack, try out retro crafts, games and Maker activities. It's sure to be a trip down memory lane, but with a modern twist! Drinks and snacks will be provided - adult riffs on classic camp and kid summer offerings, including fancy s'mores, browned butter and Himalayan sea salt Rice Krispie treats, and more! Camp will be held at NUMU and our Airstream trailer onsite. 

Instructors  |  Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the intersection of art, science and technology with students while creating projects like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks in classes at NUMU and the Los Gatos Recreation Department.

Karen Harlan has been drawing, sewing and creating since childhood.  As a collector of vintage textiles, Karen likes to take something old and re-purpose it into something beautiful and useful for today.  Karen was an art director at Papyrus greeting card company for seven years and still freelances for them today.  She has also been a member of the Art Docents of Los Gatos since 2007 and enjoys sharing her love of art with children.

PRE-REGISTER HERE!

StoryShare
Jul
14
6:30 pm18:30

StoryShare

StoryShare

Thursday, July 14  |  6:30pm - 8:00pm  |  Free for Members + NonMembers

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to expert, can both listen and have the opportunity to share their own stores. No experience necessary. Second Thursday of each month downstairs, in the NUMU Studio. Adult content, may not be appropriate for children.

Mixed Media Drop-In  |  Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

Mixed Media Drop-In | Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Mixed Media Drop-In|  Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Friday, July 15  |  1pm-4pm  |  $15, includes materials

Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques, and practice creating patterns and varying color depth. Yards of muslin fabric will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, as indigo will stain fabrics. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jul
16
Jul 17

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Make Your Own Paper

Saturday + Sunday July 16-17  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Inspired by our current exhibition, Script & Scribble: The History of Handwriting we will be learning how paper is made! Take paper scraps and transform them into paper through a simple pulp process under the guidance of our Open Studio instructors. Then decorate with different colored dyes, flowers, leaves and petals!

Sumo Lego Robotics Workshop
Jul
17
1:00 pm13:00

Sumo Lego Robotics Workshop

Sumo Lego Robotics Workshop

Sunday, July 17  |  1pm - 3pm  |  $49 (materials included)  |  Ages 7+

Students will learn to about robotics and programming by combining the art of Sumo wrestling with the creation of computerized robots. Participants will program a robot to push its opponent out of a Sumo arena and learn best winning strategies! 

About the Instructor: Learn to Discover's passion is to bring high-quality technology education to students from pre-Kindergarten through and beyond beyond Grade 12. Our main focus areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), design skills, and art, and may be expanded to other areas as demand and market research dictates. 

Los Gatos History's Mysteries
Jul
21
6:30 pm18:30

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Thursday, July 21 |  6:30pm-7:30pm  |  Free with admission  |  Free for Los Gatos Library Cardholders and Museum Members

Come help NUMU and the Los Gatos Library identify historic photographs of Los Gatos! Join us for light refreshments and music as we search through unidentified photographs from the Los Gatos Library's archives, and unidentified objects in NUMU's permanent collection. 

Mixed Media Drop-In  |  Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jul
22
1:00 pm13:00

Mixed Media Drop-In | Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Mixed Media Drop-In|  Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Friday, July 22  |  1pm-4pm  |  $15, materials included

Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques, and practice creating patterns and varying color depth. Yards of muslin fabric will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, as indigo will stain fabrics. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jul
23
Jul 24

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Shadow Box Landscapes

Saturday + Sunday July 23-24  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.   

Inspired by our current exhibition, Et in Arcadia Ego, we will be using cardboard boxes as shadow boxes and making our own paradise landscapes to go inside! Plan your landscape, then cut out trees, mountains, and animals from colored papers and decorate them individually to create your own landscape paradise. Walk through Et in Arcadia Ego to see how other artists imagine these beautiful landscapes. 

Normandy and French Landscapes through the eyes of the Impressionists
Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

Normandy and French Landscapes through the eyes of the Impressionists

Normandy and French Landscapes through the eyes of the Impressionists with Celine Glon

Thursday, July 28  |  7pm - 8pm  |  $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

This lecture is a voyage to Normandy, which was for most impressionist artists their birthplace, and home. Its proximity to Paris together with the burgeoning number of fashionable seaside resorts like Honfleur, Deauville or Trouville along its coast meant that artists came to the region by train and stayed, producing an artistic legacy which would be hard to rival anywhere.

Discover painters such as Eugene Boudin and his influence Claude Monet’s work upon introducing the latter to natural light. Impressionist painters used this natural light to concentrate on landscapes, towns and scenes of daily life. 

Finally, travel to Giverny and discover where Claude Monet lived and gardened. Claude Monet was widely considered to be one the best-known Impressionists and certainly a major character in Normandy’s artistic heritage. Giverny became the perfect place for quiet reflection and then spent the rest of his days capturing it in oils.

Celine Glon is the founder and CEO of Et Voila Paris which offers customized tours of France with expert guides. She has collaborated with the Dallas Museum of Art to give a series of lectures and has taught diverse cultural classes to adults at Southern Methodist University Continuing Education Programs. Celine is involved with the Silicon Valley French Alliance through which she gives lectures on a variety of French cultural subjects. 

Mixed Media Drop-In  |  Intro to Indigo Dyeing
Jul
29
1:00 pm13:00

Mixed Media Drop-In | Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Mixed Media Drop-In|  Intro to Indigo Dyeing

Friday, July 29|  1pm-4pm  |  $15, includes materials

Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques, and practice creating patterns and varying color depth. Yards of muslin fabric will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, as indigo will stain fabrics. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jul
30
Jul 31

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Harry Potter Birthday Art

Saturday + Sunday July 30-31  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Come celebrate Harry Potter's birthday (July 31!) in the MakerSpace! Contribute to a community project drawing fantastic beasts, and watch our magnetic potions bubble and boil. Create your own Hogwarts House banner, and make a magic wand to take home with you! 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Aug
6
Aug 7

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Writing without Pens

Saturday + Sunday August 6-7  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Can you write without a pen or a pencil? This weekend try writing with quills and ink on our own clay tablets, made from modeling clay. Use pre-cut goose and crow feathers, found in Central Park, and inks to try different drawing techniques. Finally, try painting using our sumi brushes and ink!

Handwriting Workshop
Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Handwriting Workshop

Handwriting Workshop with Marion Gault

Saturday, August 6  |  2pm-4pm  |  $15  |  Ages 7+, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Explore the art, the fundamentals and history of handwriting with Marion Gault. 

Marian Gault has studied calligraphy and handwriting her entire life, and became a master calligrapher after studying with various expert calligraphers. Her calligraphy work has won numerous honors and awards including The International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) for her body of work and years of teaching. She currently teaches calligraphy workshops in select cities and classes at the Los Gatos Recreation Department. 

StoryShare
Aug
11
6:30 pm18:30

StoryShare

StoryShare

Thursday, August 11  |  6:30pm - 8:00pm  |  Free for Members + NonMembers

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to expert, can both listen and have the opportunity to share their own stores. No experience necessary. Second Thursday of each month downstairs, in the NUMU Studio. Adult content, may not be appropriate for children.

NUMU Atelier August Visiting Artist | Felicia Forte
Aug
12
Aug 14

NUMU Atelier August Visiting Artist | Felicia Forte

  • NUMU Atelier | New Museum Los Gatos

Alla-Prima Portrait Painting Workshop

August 12 - 14, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$480 (includes model fee) • $455 for NUMU Members

Email numustudio@gmail.com to register

This oil painting workshop teaches a single-session alla-prima portrait technique using a traditional limited palette. Over the three days of this workshop we will practice a series of exercises designed to illustrate the fundamentals of Felicia's technique.

These exercises will culminate in painting the model using the Zorn palette, a muted version of a primary color palette, allowing for ease in color harmony. Felicia will demonstrate each day of class as well as offer each student personal critique and advice

Felicia Forte is a representational oil painter based in San Francisco, California. She has studied at The California Art Institute and The Art Students League of New York. Felicia is a sought after instructor of drawing and painting who and has taught at various institutions including The Sadie Valeri Atelier, The San Jose Museum of Art and The Walt Disney Family Museum.

www.feliciaforte.com

MakerSpace Open Studio
Aug
13
Aug 14

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Vegetable Print Art

Saturday + Sunday August 13-14  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

It turns out a lot of vegetable look just as nice as they taste. We'll be using celery, carving potatoes, broccoli, and mushrooms to experiment with printmaking. Create your prints with different patterns and colors from each vegetable! 

Los Gatos History's Mysteries
Aug
18
6:30 pm18:30

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Thursday, August 18 |  6:30pm-7:30pm  |  Free with admission  |  Free for Los Gatos Library Cardholders and Museum Members

Come help NUMU and the Los Gatos Library identify historic photographs of Los Gatos! Join us for light refreshments and music as we search through unidentified photographs from the Los Gatos Library's archives, and unidentified objects in NUMU's permanent collection. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Aug
20
Aug 21

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Pop-Up Art

Saturday + Sunday August 20-21  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

This weekend we'll be making art that really stands out--literally. Kids will learn the basics of pop-up art then use scissors, glue, and small knives to make their own pop-up creations. We will be demonstrating a few basic pop up techniques: sliding figures across the page, making them pop up from the page, and making figures move on the page. They will then design, decorate, cut out, and glue their very own pieces of pop-up art. 

Self-Portrait Workshop: A Few of my Favorite Things
Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

Self-Portrait Workshop: A Few of my Favorite Things

Self-Portrait Workshop: A Few of my Favorite Things with Artist Elizabeth Barlow

Saturday, August 20  |  1-3pm  |  $25

"Everyone knows how to take a selfie, right?  But artists have created “self-portraits” for hundreds of years that tell visual stories about who they are.  Artist Elizabeth Barlow makes “portraits in absentia” using people's favorite belongings (books, hats, toys) to represent them — and in this workshop she will help you create your own self-portrait using some of your favorite things.  

Bring a few objects that say something about you and your personality, for example you could bring a book, a toy, a postcard, a hat, and Elizabeth will show how to select and arrange the objects so that they tell a visual story of YOU.  Then she’ll help you make a colorful drawing of your objects.  At the end of the workshop you’ll have a “portrait in absentia” of yourself and will know a little bit more about how artists reveal who they are through self-portraits.”

LEGO + Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Making Workshop
Aug
21
1:00 pm13:00

LEGO + Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Making Workshop

LEGO + Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Making Workshop

Sunday, August 21  |  1pm - 3pm  |  $49 (materials included)  |  Ages 7+

Learn how to make a short stop-motion movie using LEGO bricks/minifigures or Minecraft blocks/minifigures. Then create background scenery, storyboards, gain experience using cameras and have fun being a director!

About the Instructor: Learn to Discover's passion is to bring high-quality technology education to students from pre-Kindergarten through and beyond beyond Grade 12. Our main focus areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), design skills, and art, and may be expanded to other areas as demand and market research dictates.

Mitchell vs. Steinbeck: Literary Rumble
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Mitchell vs. Steinbeck: Literary Rumble

Mitchell vs. Steinbeck: Literary Rumble

Thursday, August 25  |  7pm-8pm  |  $15 for Non Members, $10 for Members

Steinbeck Center Director, Susan Shillinglaw, and Los Gatos historian, Peggy Conaway discuss fabled Los Gatos residents, John Steinbeck and Ruth Comfort Mitchell. Despite the fact that Steinbeck and Mitchell lived six miles apart from one another in Los Gatos, where Steinbeck wrote his enormously influential novel, The Grapes of Wrath, they never met. Mitchell published her novel, Of Human Kindness, in response to Steinbeck's work. Join us for an evening of literary controversy!

MakerSpace Open Studio
Aug
27
Aug 28

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Drawing with a Needle + Thread

Saturday + Sunday August 27-28|  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Learn how to make embroidered art!  Take scrap fabric, draw your art on it and then enhance that with needles and thread. After making your drawing we will hot glue the fabric to a cardboard embroidery hoop and then a frame so you can put it on display!

Calligraphy Workshop
Aug
27
2:00 pm14:00

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop with Marian Gault

Saturday, August 27  |  2pm-4pm  |  $20  |  Ages 7+, Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Explore the art and tradition of Calligraphy with Marian Gault.

Marian Gault has studied calligraphy and handwriting her entire life, and became a master calligrapher after studying with various expert calligraphers. Her calligraphy work has won numerous honors and awards including The International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) for her body of work and years of teaching. She currently teaches calligraphy workshops in select cities and classes at the Los Gatos Recreation Department. 

StoryShare
Sep
8
6:30 pm18:30

StoryShare

StoryShare

Thursday, September 8  |  6:30pm - 8:00pm  |  Free for Members + NonMembers

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to expert, can both listen and have the opportunity to share their own stores. No experience necessary. Second Thursday of each month downstairs, in the NUMU Studio. Adult content, may not be appropriate for children.

NUMU Atelier September Visiting Artist | David Gray
Sep
16
Sep 18

NUMU Atelier September Visiting Artist | David Gray

  • NUMU Atelier | New Museum Los Gatos

Oil Portrait Sketch Workshop

September 16 - 18, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$480 (includes model fee) • $455 for NUMU Members

Email numustudio@gmail.com to register

David Gray is a highly accomplished realist painter who excels at this particular quick-sketch technique.

This painting workshop is excellent for artists interested in realistic oil painting techniques. David teaches how to manage a traditional portrait painters' palette, and demonstrates his alla prima ("first stroke") style.

Students will be painting one-day portraits of three separate models over three days. Mornings will be an intimate demonstration session including direct painting techniques. Generous afternoon studio time will allow students to complete a portrait in a day.

This workshop condenses many of the skills taught in lengthy portrait painting courses, with a more impressionistic use of traditional painting techniques. It's a very expressive and energetic kind of painting, and David's teaching style reflects this.

www.davidgrayart.com

 

NUMU Atelier October Visiting Artist | Cuong Nguyen
Oct
1
Oct 2

NUMU Atelier October Visiting Artist | Cuong Nguyen

  • NUMU Atelier | New Museum Los Gatos

Pastel Portrait Sketch Workshop

October 1 - 2, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$380 (includes model fee) • $350 for NUMU Members

Our local legend Cuong Nyugen is always ready to work in pastel from a live model. People love working with Cuong and his workshops sell out quickly. Two models in two days with Cuong will help students acquire greater understanding in methods of rendering naturalistic flesh tones in Cuong's personal choice of pastel colors and fine papers. 

The core of the lesson will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel.

The workshop will feature a live model each day, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session. A detailed materials list will be provided upon registration. Cuong is a really talented and entertaining teacher, you don't want to miss this fun weekend in our cool new studio!

NUMU Atelier October Visiting Artist | Robert Semans
Oct
15
Oct 16

NUMU Atelier October Visiting Artist | Robert Semans

  • NUMU Atelier | New Museum Los Gatos

Bob Semans Oil Painting Workshop - October

Visiting Artist: Robert Semans

October 15 - 16, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $265 for NUMU Members

Open instruction in oil painting, with special attention to color and how it is affected by light and shadow (chiaroscuro). Also the use of the palette as a tool in color mixing, how it can aid the mixing of colors and eliminate common problems.

As an artist Robert has drawn inspiration over the years from several painters including the old masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velasquez and more recent master such as Sargent, George Innes, Mancini, Aaron Shikler, Walter Vaes and others.

 

NUMU Atelier November Visiting Artist | Robert Semans
Nov
12
Nov 13

NUMU Atelier November Visiting Artist | Robert Semans

Bob Semans Oil Painting Workshop - November

Visiting Artist: Robert Semans

November 12 - 13, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $265 for NUMU Members

Open instruction in oil painting, with special attention to color and how it is affected by light and shadow (chiaroscuro). Also the use of the palette as a tool in color mixing, how it can aid the mixing of colors and eliminate common problems.

As an artist Robert has drawn inspiration over the years from several painters including the old masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velasquez and more recent master such as Sargent, George Innes, Mancini, Aaron Shikler, Walter Vaes and others.

NUMU Atelier December Visiting Artist | Robert Semans
Dec
10
Dec 11

NUMU Atelier December Visiting Artist | Robert Semans

Bob Semans Oil Painting Workshop - December

Visiting Artist: Robert Semans

December 10 - 11, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $265 for NUMU Members

Open instruction in oil painting, with special attention to color and how it is affected by light and shadow (chiaroscuro). Also the use of the palette as a tool in color mixing, how it can aid the mixing of colors and eliminate common problems.

As an artist Robert has drawn inspiration over the years from several painters including the old masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velasquez and more recent master such as Sargent, George Innes, Mancini, Aaron Shikler, Walter Vaes and others.

NUMU Atelier January Visiting Artist | Robert Semans
Jan
21
Jan 22

NUMU Atelier January Visiting Artist | Robert Semans

Bob Semans Oil Painting Workshop - January

Visiting Artist: Robert Semans

January 21 - 22, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $265 for NUMU Members

Open instruction in oil painting, with special attention to color and how it is affected by light and shadow (chiaroscuro). Also the use of the palette as a tool in color mixing, how it can aid the mixing of colors and eliminate common problems.

As an artist Robert has drawn inspiration over the years from several painters including the old masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velasquez and more recent master such as Sargent, George Innes, Mancini, Aaron Shikler, Walter Vaes and others.


Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults  |  Garden Paradise
Jun
29
9:30 am09:30

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults | Garden Paradise

Stay-Cation Summer Camp  |  Garden Paradise

Wednesday, June 29  |  9:30am - 12pm  |  Adults of all ages  |  $25 Drop-In 

Why should kids have all the fun? Take a trip back to summer camp with our Stay-Cation Summer Camp for adults! Let NUMU's exhibit on California's natural beauty (Et in Arcadia Ego) inspire you to use nature in art, crafts and food. Join us as we hang out on the patio and make sun prints, plant miniature succulent gardens to take home, make seed bombs, use sidewalk chalk to create a mandala, try modern lemon bars, learn how to use edible plants in ice cubes, and enjoy them in refreshing iced tea infused with botanicals.

Instructors  |  Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the intersection of art, science and technology with students while creating projects like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks in classes at NUMU and the Los Gatos Recreation Department.

Karen Harlan has been drawing, sewing and creating since childhood.  As a collector of vintage textiles, Karen likes to take something old and re-purpose it into something beautiful and useful for today.  Karen was an art director at Papyrus greeting card company for seven years and still freelances for them today.  She has also been a member of the Art Docents of Los Gatos since 2007 and enjoys sharing her love of art with children.

PRE-REGISTER NOW!

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults  |  Hipster Craft Shack
Jun
28
9:30 am09:30

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults | Hipster Craft Shack

Stay-Cation Summer Camp  |  Hipster Craft Shack

Tuesday, June 28  |  9:30am - 12pm  |  Adults of all ages  |  $25 Drop-In 

Why should kids have all the fun? Take a trip back to summer camp with our Stay-Cation Summer Camp for adults! Hang out with friends in our 2016 adult version of the old camp Craft Shack at NUMU.  Learn how to do updated versions of the crafts you loved as a kid.  Use indigo and Japanese-style Shibori folding to make fashionable tie dyed table runners.  Or make funky mod jewelry using Shrinky Dinks.  You can learn how to make fun friendship bracelets in all kinds of patterns for you, your friends and family.  We may even pull out the macrame...  For snack breaks there will be home made granola bars and healthy juice-based drinks instead of gorp and bug juice - with recipe cards to take home.

Instructors  |  Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the intersection of art, science and technology with students while creating projects like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks in classes at NUMU and the Los Gatos Recreation Department.

Karen Harlan has been drawing, sewing and creating since childhood.  As a collector of vintage textiles, Karen likes to take something old and re-purpose it into something beautiful and useful for today.  Karen was an art director at Papyrus greeting card company for seven years and still freelances for them today.  She has also been a member of the Art Docents of Los Gatos since 2007 and enjoys sharing her love of art with children.

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Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults  |  Retro Road Trip
Jun
27
9:30 am09:30

Stay-Cation Summer Camp for Adults | Retro Road Trip

Stay-Cation Summer Camp  |  Retro Road Trip

Monday, June 27  |  9:30am - 12pm  |  Adults of all ages  |  $25 Drop-In 

Why should kids have all the fun? Take a trip back to summer camp with our Stay-Cation Summer Camp for adults! Join us in our 1970's Airstream trailer, and get ready for a Retro Road Trip.  We will be making our own Travel Journals for holding the sketches, watercolors and scrapbooked memorabilia you collect on your summer travels.  Make a project using Maps, and learn how (and start) a fun cloth banner to display tourist patches.  Refreshments will include lemonade (all grown up with strawberry and basil), artisanal root beer floats, and home made cookie ice cream sandwiches (with recipes to take home!).  If you need a break from creativity, play Kubb, the Swedish "chess" lawn game.

Instructors  |  Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the intersection of art, science and technology with students while creating projects like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks in classes at NUMU and the Los Gatos Recreation Department.

Karen Harlan has been drawing, sewing and creating since childhood.  As a collector of vintage textiles, Karen likes to take something old and re-purpose it into something beautiful and useful for today.  Karen was an art director at Papyrus greeting card company for seven years and still freelances for them today.  She has also been a member of the Art Docents of Los Gatos since 2007 and enjoys sharing her love of art with children.

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Conductive Cursive Workshop
Jun
25
1:00 pm13:00

Conductive Cursive Workshop

Conductive Cursive Workshop

This workshop has been cancelled, we apologize for any inconvenience. 

Explore circuitry and conductivity through handwriting and printing. Using conductive paint, thread, soldering irons and more we will bring your writing to life!

About the Instructor: Sam King is a maker educator, STEAM education consultant, curriculum developer, and all around MacGyver with duct tape and cardboard! When not busy making things with her boys, Sam can be found running, reading, and coaching soccer!

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jun
25
Jun 26

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Cardboard Automatons

Saturday + Sunday June 25-26  |  11am - 4:30pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Use cardboard boxes and wooden skewers to create moving, story-telling machines.  Each participant will have the opportunity to plan a simple machine with some guidance in designing and building! This workshop will be a fun blend of art and engineering where participants can put gears and motion into practice. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jun
18
11:00 am11:00

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Summer Nature Journals + Printmaking

Saturday + Sunday June 18-19  |  11am - 4:30pm  |  $5 materials fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.  

Create your own nature journal and you’ll be able to draw and explore nature all summer long! You will practice different varieties of printmaking to fill it with beautiful art. Participants will experiment with gelatin prints, plant prints, and Styrofoam printmaking. 

Los Gatos History's Mysteries
Jun
16
6:30 pm18:30

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Los Gatos History's Mysteries

Thursday, June 16  |  6:30pm-7:30pm  |  Free with admission  |  Free for Los Gatos Library Cardholders and Museum Members

Come help NUMU and the Los Gatos Library identify historic photographs of Los Gatos! Join us for light refreshments and music as we search through unidentified photographs from the Los Gatos Library's archives, and unidentified objects in NUMU's permanent collection. 

MakerSpace Open Studio
Jun
11
Jun 12

MakerSpace Open Studio

MakerSpace Open Studio  |  Art-Bot Battle Royale

Saturdays + Sundays June 11 -  12  |  11:00am - 4:30pm  |  $5 Materials Fee

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create. 

Build and decorate your own crazy drawing machine, then pit it against other robots in a battle across a giant sheet of butcher paper. Take your robot’s artwork home with you!

Sketch Your Song Tech Workshop
Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

Sketch Your Song Tech Workshop

Sketch Your Song Tech Workshop with Code Hobbits

Class Cancelled, we apologize for any inconvenience

Draw a piano with a pencil and then play it! Play music with water and a paintbrush! Play drums with cyborg-fruits! This class is all about the magic. An ideal learning environment to inspire and introduce young learners to the fascinating world of electronics!

We'll start with the fundamentals of electricity and electronics. Each student will assemble their circuit and design their own musical instrument. We'll then have a mini-contest for the best performance. Students will be able to take home their projects. Check out the video!

Code Hobbits: Schools are over-crowded and under-funded.  Without technological enrichment at a foundational level, our children will not be able to keep up with the pace of progress.  They will need to understand the language of machines as intimately as they do reading and writing in a traditional context.

With our carefully crafted curriculum and deeply trained instructors, we provide a foundation on which your child can develop strong logic and reasoning skills to succeed in their academic and professional career. 

StoryShare
Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

StoryShare

StoryShare

Thursday, June 9  |  6:30pm - 8:00pm  |  Free for Members + NonMembers

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to expert, can both listen and have the opportunity to share their own stores. No experience necessary. Second Thursday of each month downstairs, in the NUMU Studio. Adult content, may not be appropriate for children.

Opening Celebration for Summer Exhibtions
Jun
4
11:00 am11:00

Opening Celebration for Summer Exhibtions

Join us on JUNE 4 for an Opening Celebration of our summer exhibitions!

Get a glimpse of paradise in Et in Arcadia Ego. Inspired by the 17th century Nicolas Poussin painting of the same name, Et in Arcadia Ego: alludes to the inevitable impermanence of the ideal. This exhibit includes significant historical pastoral paintings from private collections, placing them along side contemporary works that focus on our collective and continued fascination and pursuit of the unspoiled and the harmonious.

Get a ring side seat in Mitchell vs. Steinbeck which looks at the historical events that inspired John Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath, and the controversy, and literary duel with a neighboring Los Gatos novelist, Ruth Comfort Mitchell, through her book Of Human Kindness.

Get it "write" with Script & Scribble: The History and Art of Handwriting. Learn the value of practicing traditional handwriting in a world that is increasingly concerned with abbreviated communication, and what the possible extinction of penmanship might mean. 

Get topped off with Hats Off: Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection featuring highlights from several hat collections and exploring the history of headwear and its place in our culture.

Et in Arcadia Ego is made possible by the support of
Media Sponsor: Juxtapoz Magazine
Education Sponsor: The Borgenicht Foundation

Additional support provided by The Waitte Foundation

Maker Faire Rapid Prototyping Workshop
May
28
1:00 pm13:00

Maker Faire Rapid Prototyping Workshop

Maker Faire Rapid Prototyping Workshop

Saturday, May 28 | 1 - 4pm | $30

In celebration of Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 brainstorm, design and rapid prototype a maker project. Utilizing a mix of low-tech and hi-tech create a visual representation of your big idea!

Sam is a maker educator, STEAM education consultant, curriculum developer,  and all around MacGyver with duct tape and cardboard! When not busy making things with her boys, Sam can be found running, reading, and coaching soccer!

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
May
26
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, May 26 | 11am - 2pm | Free admission for members; $5 admission for non-members | $5 materials fee payable to the class instructor (members and non-members) 

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

Songs for Social Justice
May
21
12:00 pm12:00

Songs for Social Justice

Songs for Social Justice

Saturday, May 21  |  12pm - 4pm  |  Free Admission

Join us for an afternoon of exploring social justice and activism through songs, song-writing and other activities as local musicians and bands explore social justice through song. 

Performances by: Bean Kaloni Tupou and Sounds Joe and Jack Make

Poe-tree: Invites visitors to write lyrics that have moved them or their own poems and write them on leaves made of paper, and fabric and then attach them to the tree branches. There will also be song lyrics available for people to use when creating their own leaves.  

Found Music: Inspired by Guillermo Gallindo, NUMU will invite visitors to create their own musical instruments out of found items (recyclables, rubber bands, etc).

Street Art Workshop (to be held on the NUMU Sculpture Garden): Activating a large piece of butcher paper as a conceptual “wall”, we will invite visitors to decorate it with paint, stencils, and markers. Complemented by photos of street art on the separation wall, the Berlin Wall, and the Mexican-American fence and work by artists such as Ana Teresa Fernandez, invite visitors to visually reflect upon walls, both physical and intangible.

NUMU Theatre: We will be screening videos of social justice in song, both past and present, from reinterpretations of Woody Guthrie’s Deportees (Los Gatos Canyon) to the manifestation of social activism in the music world today; interviews from the Grammy Museum’s Woody Guthrie Celebration as well as films that support art and activism.

 

Hat Blocks and Hats: Sculptural Form and Artistic Function with Wayne Wichern
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Hat Blocks and Hats: Sculptural Form and Artistic Function with Wayne Wichern

Thursday, May 19 | 7 - 8pm | Free with admission

A piece of felt or straw, a cloud of steam and a wooden hat block are the essential ingredients for the making of a hand blocked hat. Take a peek inside the world of hat making craft.
Behind every elegant hat is the shaping tool known as a hat block. The hat block is a tool made for the millinery trade by a skilled woodcraft artisan. While the hat block has practical use in the studio, alone it is an amazing artistic achievement. The felt and straw is pulled or “blocked” over these wood forms while hot and damp with steam, giving the desired shape, then tied with cords to hold the materials in place. The hat then needs to dry before removal from the hat block. The hat blocks are infinite in variety and complexity. “The job of a contemporary milliner or hat maker is to utilize these vintage and contemporary hat blocks in innovative ways, not just using the obvious shape, but to combine the forms and tease out their hidden expression."

Wayne Wichern’s millinery design and teaching career evolved out of his experiences as a floral designer, classical ballet dancer and his interest in fashion and costume design. He has created hats for theater productions of the Belfry Theater in Victoria, BC, Art Club Theater, Vancouver, BC, San Francisco Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His innovative hat designs are in collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA. 

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
May
19
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, May 19 | 11am - 2pm | Free admission for members; $5 admission for non-members | $5 materials fee payable to the class instructor (members and non-members) 

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

May
14
10:30 am10:30

Marine Biology Workshop

Saturday, May 14 | 10:30am - 12:30pm | $40

Students will learn about the world of marine biology and what it is like to be a marine biologists. They will use microscopes, magnifying glasses and other tools to learn about our oceans. 

Learn to Discover's passion is to bring high-quality technology education to students from pre-Kindergarten through and beyond beyond Grade 12. These students might be in public schools, private schools and/or homeschools. Our main focus areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), design skills, and art, and may be expanded to other areas as demand and market research dictates.

NUMU Atelier Workshop | All Prima Still Life Painting
May
14
May 15

NUMU Atelier Workshop | All Prima Still Life Painting

  • NUMU Atelier | New Museum Los Gatos

Alla Prima Oil Painting Still Life Workshop

Instructed by Gabriel Coke, Atelier Director

May 14 - 15, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $265 for NUMU Members

While the indirect method begins with a carefully studied drawing and progresses to painting, the direct or "alla prima" method begins with painting; the artist composes and completes the painting directly on the canvas, often in one sitting.

Practice in alla prima painting is a great learning exercise for artists of all skill levels. Students will complete a lovely still life study in a weekend.

Price includes a prepared panel for painting, and most basic supplies. Students provide their own brushes and paints.

To register: Call Instructor Gabriel Coke at 831-345-1845 or email numustudio@gmail.com

Location: NUMU Atelier at New Museum Los Gatos

StoryShare
May
12
6:30 pm18:30

StoryShare

StoryShare

Thursday, May 12 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Free

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to expert, can both listen and have the opportunity to share their own stores. No experience necessary. Second Thursday of each month downstairs, in the NUMU Studio. Adult content, may not be appropriate for children.

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
May
12
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, May 12 | 11am - 2pm | Free admission for members; $5 admission for non-members | $5 materials fee payable to the class instructor (members and non-members) 

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

May
7
1:00 pm13:00

More Than A Selfie Maker Workshop

Saturday, May 7 | 1 - 3pm | $25

In an age of selfies design and build a 3D self portrait using recycled materials. Explore construction, molding and composition basics with cardboard, plastics, fabrics and more in the quest to create your 3D selfie! 

Sam King is a maker educator, STEAM education consultant, curriculum developer,  and all around MacGyver with duct tape and cardboard! When not busy making things with her boys, Sam can be found running, reading, and coaching soccer! 

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
May
5
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, May 5 | 11am - 2pm | $10 admission and materials fee for nonmembers, $5 materials fee for members

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

Shadow Puppet Theater: Tell Your Story, Drop-In Workshop
Apr
30
1:00 pm13:00

Shadow Puppet Theater: Tell Your Story, Drop-In Workshop

Saturday, April 30 | 1 - 4pm | $15 Materials Fee

Inspired by our current exhibition, More Than Your Selfie , join us for an afternoon of Shadow Puppet Theater. Create your own self-portrait shadow puppets and props with mixed media. Then you, along with your siblings, families, and friends, will tell us your story, staged in our shadow puppet theater! All ages welcome, all children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Family groups encouraged, create a story together.

Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years.  She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos. An active Maker, Elizabeth explores the intersection of art and technology in classes like rockets, digital art and photography, and LED artworks.  

Pre-registration is not required for drop-in workshops, but feel free to pay in advance via Paypal. Please select which workshop you will be attending here, no registration form submission is required.

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
Apr
28
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, April 28 | 11am - 2pm | Free admission for members; $5 admission for non-members | $5 materials fee payable to the class instructor (members and non-members) 

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

Conversation with Judy Dater, exhibiting artist: More Than Your Selfie
Apr
24
2:00 pm14:00

Conversation with Judy Dater, exhibiting artist: More Than Your Selfie

Sunday, April 24 | 2 - 3pm | Free with Admission 

Born in Hollywood, Judy Dater studied drawing and painting at UCLA and received her MA in Photography from San Francisco State University in 1966. She began her career photographing the landscape, but felt the urge to incorporate the figure, feeling that the landscape was incomplete without a human presence. Ultimately her images focused on the human face and body, particularly female. She has photographed herself and other women clothed and unclothed in a variety of environments, including their homes, which pose questions about women’s roles, life choices and the media. 

Family Art Day - Earth Day
Apr
23
12:00 pm12:00

Family Art Day - Earth Day

Saturday, April 23 | 12 - 3pm | Cost is $10 per participant, materials included 

Kids, and those young at heart, will explore hands-on art stations, crafts, and live art demos all in celebration of EARTH DAY. Experience the rich talent and diversity of local artists and instructors and explore New Museum Los Gatos, bringing art, innovation, history, and Bay Area Stories to the wide audience of Silicon Valley.

Located at New Museum Los Gatos and the Los Gatos Town Plaza

Programming Workshop with Learn to Discover
Apr
23
10:30 am10:30

Programming Workshop with Learn to Discover

Saturday, April 23 | 10:30am-12:30pm | $40 | Ages 7 and up

Students will fun learning how to program by using the Scratch programming language, developed at MIT. Students will be introduced to programming concepts, event-driven programming techniques, language syntax, and more.

Learn to Discover's passion is to bring high-quality technology education to students from pre-Kindergarten through and beyond beyond Grade 12. Our main focus areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), design skills, and art, and may be expanded to other areas as demand and market research dictates.Space is limited and reservations are required. Pre-registration, limited to 10 students, ages 7 and up. Cost for this workshop: $40.00. Supplies and admission to NUMU are included in the workshop fee. To make your reservation, please fill out the registration form below, or contact the NUMU administrative offices at 408-354-2646.

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class
Apr
21
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Expressive Collage Drop-In Class

Thursday, April 21 | 11am - 2pm | Free admission for members; $5 admission for non-members | $5 materials fee payable to the class instructor (members and non-members) 

Learn collage basics, freestyle collage, mandala collage, create a custom deck of transpersonal collage cards, or create your own vision board. The art of expressive collage is fun and creative for all ages and experience. You are welcome to supplement class materials with your own. No registration required, all ages welcome. 

NUMU Atelier Workshop | Still Life Painting
Apr
16
Apr 17

NUMU Atelier Workshop | Still Life Painting

  • NUMU Atelier at New Museum Los Gatos

Indirect Method Oil Painting Still Life Workshop

Instructed by Gabriel Coke, Atelier Director

April 16 - 17, 2016 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

$280 • $250 for NUMU Members

Make art the happy way :) Pain and suffering is overrated in the creative process. Spend a weekend being guided through a series of steps that produce a fine finished painting. Students will practice the art of employing a carefully studied drawing into the foundation of a well-made under-painting.

Learning how to take the first steps in painting often determine the final result. A patient approach always saves time and makes finishing a painting more of a predictable outcome, rather than a messy result that you hide from your relatives and ends up at Goodwill.

Price includes a prepared panel for painting, and most basic supplies. Students provide their own brushes and paints.

To register: Call Instructor Gabriel Coke at 831-345-1845 or email numustudio@gmail.com

Author Patricia Albers Presents Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Author Patricia Albers Presents Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

Thursday, April 14 | 7 - 8pm | $10 for Members, $15 for Non Members

Painter Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) came of age in the New York of the 1950s, where she went up against the masculine art world to become a leading Abstract Expressionist.  In her slide lecture, “Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter,” Patricia Albers will present some of Mitchell’s most emotionally powerful paintings based on memories of her feelings about particular landscapes at particular moments.  From New York, Mitchell moved to France, where her work continued to evolve in artistic dialogue with that of van Gogh, Matisse, and others.  She became one of the century’s great colorists.  After two decades of relative obscurity, Mitchell re-emerged in the 1980s with often-immense canvases that are spontaneous and rigorous, lyrical and tough.  Albers will show why and how they were created, ending with such late masterworks as the La Grande Vallée suite, the Sunflowers, and Ici.

Patricia Albers is the author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life, the first biography of abstract painter Joan Mitchell.  Her previous book was Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti.  She has also curated numerous exhibitions and written catalog essays and art reviews for publications including the New York Times, the San José Mercury News, and squarecylinder.  Albers teaches art history at San Jose State University.  She has received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, a Ucross Foundation Writing Residency, and an ERFA grant.  She is currently working on a biography of Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész.