The Bruce Museum’s array of exhibits presents a world of opportunities to get hands-on with art and science this Sunday, April 28 at the Spring Family Day. In the Bantle Lecture Gallery, the community art project “Your Place Squared” invites youngsters and their parents, grandparents and caregivers to make a 6 by 6-inch artwork of their favorite place, be it the beach, bedroom or even the Bruce. Submit the work, and it will become part of the exhibit, on view through June 2.
Inspired by the exquisite Chinese tomb sculpture on display in the “Buried Treasures of the Silk Road” exhibit, youngsters will be able to make paper tomb sculptures – treasured items they think they might need in the afterlife, assuming the afterlife is just like our world but with better lighting.
With the “Sharks!” exhibit going swimmingly in the Science Gallery, kids can make a paper-plate shark jaw and learn about the unique anatomy of shark jaws and teeth. (If your young scientists are eager to do some hands-on work in a laboratory setting, sign them up for the June 9 session of Bruce Explorers, a new drop-off program designed for children ages 7 to 16 who are ready to take a deep dive into the subject of shark anatomy.)
Even if you missed the popular “Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art” exhibit, you can learn the basics of how to make a comic from teaching artist and illustrator Emily Curran in the drop-in workshops she will be leading throughout Spring Family Day.
The fun starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Spring Family Day is free for museum members and to visitors with admission.
For more, visit brucemuseum.org. And look for our profile of the Bruce’s new Susan E. Lynch executive director Robert Wolterstorff, who begins June 1, and the museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Summer with the Averys [Milton | Sally | March]” (May 11-Sept. 1) in WAG’s June “Fascinating Journeys” issue.
– edited by Georgette Gouveia