Art museum to host 30 kids workshops in the summer |

Art museum to host 30 kids workshops in the summer

The Aspen Art Museum will host 30 workshops this summer aimed at children aged 4 to 14.
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The Aspen Art Museum will use its exhibitions as a launching point for 30 summer workshops aimed at children ages 4 to 14.

Led by professional artists and educators, these full-day, weeklong workshops develop an understanding of contemporary art through hands-on projects, gallery explorations and off-site excursions that culminate in a student exhibition, performance or party.

Many of the workshops are offered in collaboration with local organizations such as Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Historical Society and YouthEntity.

Workshops are $300; $250 for museum members. Need-based scholarships are available for children and Roaring Fork Valley residents. Registration is open now at 970-925-8050 (ext. 133) and

Programs include “Do You See What I See?” for students ages 4 and 5, inviting participants to capture images by taking inspiration from Gabriel Orozco’s approach to photography, and “Utopia Island” allows young ones to explore and protect nature in Aspen by making recycled artworks to give to others. Students ages 6 to 8 create mixed-media works from scratch in “Reinventing the Canvas” in response to the Alan Shields exhibition, and for “Summer Dreams” craft outdoor sculptures inspired by the Lynda Benglis artworks in the Roof Deck Sculpture Garden. For students ages 9 to 11, “Paradox in Place” explores Aspen’s quirky history, in collaboration with the Aspen Historical Society, and the exhibitions on view through a new lens. In “Stop-Motion Animation,” students use a digital camera to animate their own film.

For teens, programs include fashion and design workshops and an art educator training internship that provides a career-building opportunity for highly motivated high school students interested in the arts and working with children. Through direct experience teaching in a workshop format, Art Educators in Training build outstanding leadership and communication skills through mentorship and hands-on instruction with a summer workshop instructor. Enthusiastic teens may apply through an application process for this career-focused opportunity.

The museum’s free monthly family workshops will continue on select Saturdays through summer.

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