The Stender Family Interactive Education Galleries provide an opportunity for children and adults to begin a lifelong interest in the visual arts. The exciting and fun interactive education galleries, ART LAB and A Walk Through Time are on continuous view.
ART LAB provides hands-on activities, which instruct on the basic elements of art – color, line, shape and texture. Art related books, a kaleidoscope, and interactive art activities are also available.
A Walk Through Time is a gallery in which visitors of all ages take journey through major events in art history and includes replicas of famous works of art. Visitors enter a cave with amber light to see Paleolithic art on the cave walls with the campfires crackling. From there, you move into ancient cultures like Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, where you will see Ionic columns or 6-foot sarcophagus of a pharaoh. Each section of the gallery is filled with replicas of famous sculptures, statues, architecture, two-dimensional art and even some original works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. From ancient cultures, visitors move into the Italian Renaissance with walls painted to look like Carrara marble, the kind used by Michelangelo and sounds of Renaissance lutes. Then they follow into French Impressionism with a large reproduction of the Eiffel Tower during its construction phase. The sounds of a French café are in the background. A section of photographs explain the importance of photography to Impressionists. The last section of the gallery is about Modern Art set in New York City – the birthplace of Abstract Expressionism – complete with New York skyline and sounds of the city.
Through the Stender Family Interactive Education Galleries – ART LAB and A Walk Through Time – art comes alive through exploring different cultures and creating ways to expand a visitor’s experience.