The workshop begins with a gallery tour, with art educator Reuben King leading an exciting inquiry-based discussion of the MAD exhibition Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, which highlights works that deal with issues such as the ephemeral nature of art and life, the quality and content of memory, issues of loss and disintegration, and the detritus of human existence. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by how these artists explore materials and processes. This awesome exhibition closes August 12th so this could be your last opportunity.
Participants will then proceed to one of our 6th floor classroom studios where, inspired by what you’ve seen, then explore traditional sand painting methods used in many cultures but mostly by native Navajos, Hindi and Tibeteans. Create cool plaques or mandalas using colored sand and or food seasonings, based on your own stories, experiences or fantasies. Come and experience the possibilities, learn about mandalas and painting with colored sand or food seasonings which are found in nature and in the art of all cultures – rose windows in medieval cathedrals, Tibetan sand paintings and painted mandalas, Hindu Yantra, Navajo sand paintings and Islamic sacred geometry. Each of the images you create is a meditation, and a way of coming home to your self and your healing potential. Learn another fun project that children of all ages and adults alike can enjoy; Kids love this. MAD classroom studios present breathtaking views of Central Park. What could be more stimulating?
This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. At MAD, our goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn through their hands while having a good time together in our galleries and studio.