A Parade for Ganesh at Family Art Labs!

The excitement of the fall season is in the air and what better time to celebrate the beloved Hindu figure, Ganesh!?  We had a full group at this month’s Family Art Lab, with a lot of fans of the helpful elephant-headed deity.

We began the workshop in the galleries, starting at the large Ganesh sculpture in the Spiral Lobby.  Here we heard a story about how Ganesh got his elephant head and another about how he ended up with only one tusk (!).  I think I can speak on behalf of everyone, that the tusk story had us all laughing.

museum

museum

After learning a little about Ganesh we went on a search for more Ganesh sculptures, paintings, and even found a sculpture of Ganesh’s brother in the galleries.

museum

museum

After our museum exploration, we went to the theater to make our very own Ganesh sculptures.  The families learned a few sculpting techniques, like adding slip to help create a smooth surface, and also got to choose from a variety of materials to decorate their miniature Ganesh shrines.  We used googly eyes, pip cleaners, sequins, metallic papers, glitter, dried flowers…

artmaking

artmaking

artmaking

artmaking

artmaking

The artists were all very happy with their results.

finished

finished

finished

finished

Join us next month for October’s Saturday Family Art Lab: Bead Dazzle! We’ll be exploring the exhibition Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia and will create our own beaded wonders in the art studio!

Happy fall to everyone!  See you next month!

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