With K.A.M.P. and the Venice Art Walk on the horizon, families have a chance to expose kids to the artistic process and actually meet artists at work. Getting to know the person that creates a unique work is not only fun, but it helps kids to see art as something more than just pictures on a wall. Pairing kids and artists together is a trend we've seen in several museums around town over the past few years. LACMA had a year-long program in which artists who were also parents created workshops for museum goers. Two exceptional examples of this type of programming happen on May 9 and May 17 this year. See below, and make plans to catch the Venice Art Walk and Auction on May 17, where legendary LA artists wander amongs the mere mortals who gather to celebrate and raise money for the Venice Family Clinic.
K.A.M.P. at The Hammer
K.A.M.P. (Kids Art Museum Project) is a beloved annual event at which local artists work alongside kids to create something in a single afternoon. Although the event is pricey ($150 per person), the experience is indelible. Here is a link to this year's event, taking place on Sunday, May 17, and here are a few articles we wrote about past events: this one tells about the event's inception and this one describes a parent's experience at the event.
Bari Kumar at Charles White Elementary
LACMA has installed a gallery space at Charles White Elementary School, allowing studenst to work with an artist during over the course of the semester. The exhibit and the projects themselves are open to the public this Saturday, May 9 during one of only four Family Days. Read more here.
The Venice Art Walk
We love bringing kids along on any of the many public art walks around town. Here is our story about exploring three separate art walks around town. The Venice Art Walk is our favorite and takes place on Sunday, May 17.
Photo Above: Artists Ed Moses and Chuck Arnoldi at the Venice Art Walks last year. Moses has a new show at LACMA right now, Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 1970s.