Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Superheroes at the TMA! Create Your Own Super Human Story During Family Day

(TYLER, TX) June 6, 2011 – The summer of superheroes and movie memories kicks off at the Tyler Museum of Art this Saturday, June 11, during the Museum’s free Family Day event held in the classroom from 2­–4 p.m. Kids will learn to create their very own superhero characters through art activities designed to reflect all the fun and excitement of the exhibition of vintage movie posters and memorabilia, Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark.

“This is a great opportunity for parents to channel their children’s excitement over the summer’s blockbuster films like X-Men First Class and The Green Lantern into creative expression,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “We have prepared art activities that will broaden the kids’ understandings of how characters are created and how storylines are developed, as well as further develop artistic skills like drawing.”

Saturday’s activities include “Superhero Storyboards,” where children can create their own adventures and sketch plots out onto a comic strip-style storyboards. Art educators will be on hand to help children design their very own superheroes, complete from super power to costume design using drawing, color, and of course, imagination. Finally, participants will learn to create the quintessential superhero accessory, the mask!

“We encourage parents to take their children through the gallery and explore the incredible vintage movie posters included in Remember When. This exhibition offers parents an opportunity to take a walk down ‘Memory Lane’ and share their own memories with their children,” said Mr. Tomio. Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark includes over 500 items ranging from 1940s and 50s era movie posters and memorabilia to historical items from World Wars I and II.

Family Days are offered on the second Saturday of the month, and are free of charge. Light refreshments are provided in the classroom. Also on view is A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby, which includes the colossal painting titled A Love Supreme, considered by many to be the artist’s magnum opus.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.

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