Mulvane to hold “A Celebration of Artists”

Brandon Bills

Instead of balloons, paint brushes are the way to go for this birthday celebration.

New this fall at the Mulvane Art Museum, “A Celebration of Artists” is a series of events celebrating artists’ birthdays by teaching about their technique. The lesson is in both art history and production.

“It’s one more opportunity to create a holistic museum experience by learning about art history,” said Kandis Barker, associate education coordinator and program consultant. “Getting a whole view of the artist and their technique.”

Participants will create their own work of art by using the technique and style of the featured artist.

“In the spirit of learning by doing,” said Barker.

Brogan Lasley, educational coordinator and instructor of art education, said “A Celebration of Artists” offers people the opportunities to “look, create and understand.” Familiarizing oneself with artists enhances viewing opportunities and understanding about artwork.

Lasley said studying artists is unique compared to studying other figures in history because one can experience what it is like to try their craft first hand.

“How often do you get to do what they did?” asked Lasley.

Lasley is excited about what the Celebrations will bring to those who participate as they expand their artistic skills and knowledge.

“Magical things may happen,” said Lasley.

Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. participants will learn about the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe.

The cost of the program is $10 for Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum members and $12 for non-members. Children under 6 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.