The Columbia Museum of Art offers families a chance to learn about art and Americana on Sunday, and even create their own version of Norman Rockwell’s beloved paintings.
“Passport to Art: The Boy’s (Or Girl’s) Life” is a free drop-in art studio for families to create their own projects based on the current exhibition, “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera.”
Rockwell is known for painting portraits of everyday American life that captured humor, sentiment and family relationships. His first works as a professional artist appeared on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine. But his best-known paintings were used as the covers of the Saturday Evening Post for four decades, beginning in 1916. What many do not know, though, is that Rockwell carefully staged the scenes, paying scrupulous attention to every last detail, then photographed the scenes before painting them. Those photos are works of art in their own right, and feature prominently in the exhibition.
In “Passport to Art,” families will create their own Rockwell-esque magazine covers using mixed media collage. The studio program is free and registration is not required.
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While they are at the museum, families are welcome to explore the galleries, including the Rockwell exhibition. The Wells Fargo Gallery features Rockwell Rocks! a collection of student art from around the state that depicts the students’ own personal stories in the style of Rockwell.
Admission to the Columbia Museum of Art is free on Sundays. The museum is open from 12-5 p.m. The “Passport to Art” studio will be open from 12-3 p.m. A guided family tour of the museum is also scheduled for 1 p.m.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State