This month, Andell Family Sundays is focused on the exhibition Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection. For over 60 years, Stella has made art that pushes boundaries. He has experimented with new materials and drawn inspiration from many sources including places he has visited, books, architectural elements, and music. And, he is still making art!
You may want to start your visit by seeing the art firsthand. A great way to do that is by going on a tour led by educator Gloria Westcott. Her tours are interactive and flexible to include everyone from toddlers to grandparents! Gloria will lead families to look closely, and discover together. Like many artists, Stella is very interested in composition. As part of the tour, Gloria leads a simple game that teaches composition, and how each element can affect an artwork. To take the tour, meet at the Andell Family Sundays welcome table on the Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza at 1, 2, or 3 pm. Also in the galleries, stop by the sketching cart where educators Damaris Garcia and Sofia Gutierrez will provide pencils (including colored pencils) and paper, and offer helpful drawing tips.
Perhaps while you are in the galleries, you will see the artwork WHOM (single). This work is like a rainbow of nested squares that create a “tunnel” effect in the center of the canvas. Playing with the idea of perception, teaching artist Elonda Norris leads a workshop to make tunnel books. It’s fun to transform colored paper into an illusion of depth and perspective!
Artist Eszter Delgado found inspiration in Stella’s experimentation with three-dimensional paintings in his works Inaccessible Island Rail and Kagu. The workshop also takes direction from what Stella said of his work at the time: “What painting wants more than anything… is space to grow and expand… Painting does not want to be confined by boundaries of edge and surface.” Using paper and other easily accessible materials, young artists are invited to create works that playfully swoop and swirl.
For our visitors who are five years old and younger, artist Hannah Matzecki found inspiration in the artworks Hiragla Variation 1 and WHOM (single). Colored tape + transparencies + their own drawing skills = a fabulous, kid-made artwork!
All the art workshops are held outside on the Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza. Your family can participate in Andell Family Sundays activities from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on three upcoming Sundays: July 14, 21, and 28. We hope to see you there!