Children and their guardians/parents are invited to explore an assortment of craft-making materials to paint, color, cut, draw, or sculpt an imaginative work of art. All ages welcome. Included with admission/Members free.
Nov. 1 – 12: Mayan Codices: The Art & Math of Hieroglyphic Writing
The Maya civilization lived, prospered, and declined between 1,900-3,800 years ago in the areas of southeastern Mexico, Central America, and the northern Yucatán Peninsula. The Mayan people developed a hieroglyphic script writing system we call Mayan glyphs, which use images to represent words or syllables. In this studio activity, learn how to write your name in Mayan glyphs and create your very own codex, or folding booklet. Then fill it with Mayan hieroglyphs that we practice together.
Nov. 15 – 26: Clay Tablets: Mayan Hieroglyphs as Art
The Mayan people that lived 1,900 to 3,800 years ago were great astronomers. They studied the moon, sun, and stars, and used their awesome math skills to chart the seasons, months, and years on clay tablets. Learn the Mayan numbering system and strengthen your math knowledge by creating your very own hieroglyphic clay calendar. We will be kneading, coiling, scoring, gouging, and then carving our numbers into a clay tablet using a stylus designed after an ancient clay writing tool.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 10: Exploring the Petroglyphs of Southwest Tribes
Ancient humans didn’t have cameras to capture special moments. Instead, they carved pictures on huge rocks to record important encounters and events. These stone drawings are called petroglyphs, and they are found all over the world. Petroglyphs help us learn about the culture of the people who lived there many thousands of years ago. Join us as we explore petroglyphs of ancient southwest tribes and learn about the lifestyle of the people and the animals they encountered. Then create your own petroglyph using watercolors.