Our free Family Workshops
are an opportunity for families to come together for a few hours here in our studios to make art together!
We know it's challenging to find time at home to organize art projects and sometimes art isn't offered during the school day, so we try to make this easy. All supplies included, just bring the family and be inspired!
All workshops take place on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00-2:00pm.
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Below you will find descriptions for each 2017 workshop. Our projects are unique in keeping with our mission, we develop projects around local influential artists that have made an impact on the arts throughout California and the US.
Watercolor and Oil painting
(June 24, 1907 – March 31, 1989) was an American painter and a representative of the California School of Painting, later a teacher and educational director, and architect of more than 50 branch banks in Southern California.
The Millard Sheets Art Center first began as the Fine Arts Program of the Los Angeles County Fair in 1922. The 20,000+ square-foot art center was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration to house the program, the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County. Each year the gallery provided visitors to the Los Angeles County Fair with access to art work found throughout the world. In 1994 the building was dedicated to Millard Sheets and in 2013 was identified by Fairplex as the home for year round art education and exhibitions and is currently a part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.
Create landscape collage using papers with different textures. Layer papers to add dimension and create perspective.
Students decorate papers with different colors and then use those to make a collage. Can cut shapes with scissors or tear paper to make more organic shape
Create landscape using watercolor and tape.
Apply tape in shape of tree, paint over with watercolor to create background.
Using different colors and adding texture with salt.
Remove tape. Trees are created from the negative space.
Paint more detail into trees
Betty Davenport Ford
During Ford’s early years she discovered the beauty of the animal form, a fascination that thematically reoccurred in her sculptures throughout her professional career. It was through the study of the form and anatomy of these creatures that Ford gained the ability to capture not only the likeness of her animal subjects, but their essence as well.
A professional sculptor, teacher and author, Betty Davenport Ford was born in Upland in 1924. She received her BA degree from Scripps College and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan in 1950. Her award winning work has been exhibited throughout the country and she has taught at Scripps, Pasadena City College and throughout California for the Visual Arts Program. She created numerous public works of art including the large tiger of Chaffey High School in Ontario and several fountains for the Pomona Mall.
Create animal sculpture from aluminum foil
Use lamp to cast shadow and trace
Explore the different forms made by different angles of light
Parent and child put their sculptures together to interact and explore the shapes made by the two figures
Sharpies or black markers
Glue or tape to anchor object
David W Scott
Artist and art historian
Founding director of National Museum of Art
Raised in Claremont, CA
Studied under Millard Sheets
Pick an instrumental or classical song and play it in class
Create an art work that reflects how you think the music looks
How to express the feeling or spirit of music on paper
Paint, markers, paper
(December 29, 1925 – July 26, 2012) was an American painter of vibrant geometric abstractions, who rose to fame in 1959 as one of four Los Angeles-based Abstract Classicists and subsequently produced a critically acclaimed body of work that explores a vast array of color relationships. Working quietly at his home in Claremont, CA, he developed a rich vocabulary of colors and hard-edge shapes in masterful compositions of tightly balanced repose or high-spirited energy. At once intuitive and systematic, the artist is, in the words of critic Christopher Knight, "a colorist of great wit and inventiveness."
Benjamin continued teaching in public elementary and middle schools until 1977, balancing his time in the classroom with work in his studio. He had a second teaching career from 1979 to 1994, when he was a professor and artist-in-residence at Pomona College in Claremont and taught classes at the Claremont Graduate School. He won National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1983 and 1989.
PART 1: Students design and color papers with markers, paint. Once finished, put all the papers together and trade within the classroom.
PART 2: Cut papers to make abstract collage, explore different compositions and textures that can be created with shapes, overlapping, weaving
Paint, paper, scissors, glue
Carved "Ranchero," the sculpture outside the Millard Sheets Art Center which was installed in 1953.
Has many other public works of art: Porpoise sculpture in Pomona 2nd St, Birds sculpture outside Montclair City Hall, and Ram sculpture in Rancho Cucamonga
John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley (Montclair). After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to “Fellow” in 1971.
Birds, fish and forest creatures were frequent themes, and although Svenson was not religious, he completed many ecclesiastical pieces, including at Claremont’s St. Ambrose Episcopal, Pomona’s Trinity Methodist and Montclair’s Our Lady of Lourdes. His world travels with his wife and his friendship with Tlingit Indians in Alaska influenced his work..
Learn about Tlingit Indians art, look at examples of their art and talk about how it influenced Svenson's work.
Create scratch art with inspired by Tlingit art and Svenson (animals)
Sturdy paper or board
Oil pastels or crayon
Black acrylic of tempera paint to coat (Biocolor)