The Nasher Museum of Art in Durham launched its summer make-and-take series this month. These are free and open to all ages and offer a great opportunity to get out of the heat.
The museum offers a new activity each week that relates to different artwork in the museum. The make-and-take workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 23.
Here's what's scheduled:
- Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19: Create your own “Picture Pie” by piecing together a variety of shapes of different colors.
- July 24 and July 26: Make a Nasher memory book by compiling images of artwork seen here and creating some of your own.
- July 31 and August 2: Create your own shiny jewelry inspired by pieces from the “Containing Antiquity” exhibition.
- August 7 and August 9: Use modeling clay to make your own animal figure similar to those on display in the exhibition “Containing Antiquity.”
- August 14 and August 16: Create colorful collages inspired by the work of Romare Bearden.
- August 21 and August 23: Combine “junk” from the Durham Scrap Exchange into your own John Chamberlain-inspired
The folks over at the Nasher tell me that kids also might enjoy seeing a new work that is set to open up on Thursday.
"The uncertain museum," a walk-in installation by Olafur Eliasson, is a circular, translucent room that invites visitors to step inside and influence patterns of projected light and shadows from hanging, mirrored discs, the museum says. Outside the installation, visitors can watch silhouettes of people moving inside.
At 6:45 p.m., July 26, Gwen Welliver, dancer, choreographer and American Dance Festival faculty member, and her students, will present three informal showings of work inspired by "the uncertain museum."
Admission to the Nasher, found at 2001 Campus Dr. in Durham, is $5 for adults and free for kids 15 and under.