Mark your calendars for this year’s annual Austin Museum Day on Sunday, September 20th! Take the family out for a day to enjoy the wonderful culture and art that Austin has to offer. Not to mention, it's free! Over 40 museums in Austin will open their doors from 10 AM - 5 PM.
Activities include tours, special exhibits, performances, demonstrations, food trucks, and more! For a full list of all of the participating museums and different events, visit www.austinmuseums.org. You can also download the Austin Museum Partnership mobile app for more information and updates.
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Don’t miss out on free admission to the Texas Memorial Museum this Sunday! This one-time only event is held in celebration of Austin Museum Day. Explore prehistoric archeological materials such as fossils, bones, and rocks with university scientists and experts from Central Texas. Don't forget to bring your sketchbook along, as you may become inspired!
During a trip to the Texas Memorial Museum, kiddos will not only be dazzled by the many different exhibits (including dinosaurs!), but also gain knowledge about rocks, minerals, and Texas wildlife.
Exhibits in the TMM include: The Great Hall, The Fishes of Texas, The Winged Wonders, and many more.
In the Great Hall exhibit, you will find never before seen specimens, such as the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a flying reptile. In the Fishes of Texas exhibit, you can explore the diversity of Texas fishes through multimedia displays, underwater photographs, and an array of collected specimens. In the Winged Wonders exhibit you will see the beauty of wings and colors in insects and see how these group of animals found success through the gift of flight.
Can’t make it to the museum? No Problem. Head down to Zilker Park and see the collaborations between the Texas Memorial Museum and the Austin Parks and Recreation featuring the Dino Pit and Hartman Prehistoric Garden. The Dino Pit is an outdoor dig site where kids can dig for replicas of specimens from the Museum’s collections. Next you can visit the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, named one of the most beautiful gardens in Texas. The garden is home to ferns, cycads, and other ancient plants that are similar to those in the "land before time." In the garden you will also find a bronzed ornithomimid, a dinosaur similar to a modern day ostrich. So, don't miss out!
Monet & Me
Written By: Bianca Morrison
What an awesome first week of Monet and Me classes for the Fall semester! We had so much fun kicking off our after-school classes. It was great catching up with returning students and to meeting new ones!
This week our curriculum focused on the very famous European artist, Vincent Van Gogh. A legend for not only cutting off his ear, but for his painting style, Impressionism. His use of short, small brushstrokes are seen throughout his work. He is also known for using color to express his feelings. He painted with dark and cool colors when sad and bright, warm colors when happy.
The students recreated one of his most famous pieces, "Sunflowers," using watercolor and ink. They had a blast learning impressionist techniques while displaying their creativity their composition. The students did an amazing job making Van Gogh masterpieces as well as making new friends!
Stay tuned for more on after school curriculum. It's going to be an awesome semester!
Monet and Me
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss
Getting children to appreciate art is a much harder feat than handing them a paint brush and letting them go wild. Thankfully, ART on 5th has acquired a permanent display of the art of Dr. Seuss.
This provides a segue into appreciating things as opposed to directly taking part in them. The Dr. Seuss collection is an ideal way to get kids to appreciate art. Through the reading of some of Dr. Seuss’s most famous works, such as Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat, children will already feel connected to his art.
With technology and fads changing at such a rapid pace, it’s difficult to keep up with the newest games and apps. Art is timeless and can forever be appreciated, no matter how old or new. Since 1937, Dr. Seuss has been creating children’s books that still hold a special place in our hearts, even as adults. This exhibit gives Mom, Dad and children a place to connect with each other through art!
ART on 5th hosts a cycle of art exhibits. So once your kids are hooked on art museums, it will be easy to find other exhibits to attend in order to continue growing their love and knowledge of art.
Monet and Me
Written by: Bianca Morrison