Evening for Educators: Things That Surround Us

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Evening for Educators: Things That Surround Us

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Artist Chuck Ramirez takes objects that we encounter in everyday life and asks us to reconsider. A mundane ceramic figurine is enlarged to epic proportions. A chaotic table after a taco breakfast resembles a Dutch banquet still life. Ramirez not only documents and elevates these objects, but he also turns them over, empties them, and hovers above them. Following the keynote address, tour the exhibition, and attend hands-on workshops.

Teachers receive three hours of continuing professional education credit. Space is limited and registration is required. Fee (includes refreshments and teacher packet): McNay members $5; nonmembers $15. For more information, email education@mcnayart.org.

(Choose two from four options)

Bag Portraits

Hilary Schroeder, 2016–2017 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies

Snap a photo of your purse, backpack, or tote bag and its contents in the style of Chuck Ramirez. Spend the rest of the session searching for objects within the exhibition that meet unconventional criteria.

Object Lessons

Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Educator and Poet

Connect with the work of Chuck Ramirez and the objects in your own lives using writing exercises and games. This session takes place in the exhibition.

Emotional Candy

Kim Bishop, Artist

Choose from a candy buffet and then draw the sweet treats or their packaging in a way that communicates an emotion.

Watercolor Snapshots

Meredith Dean, Artist

Utilize the the artistic devices of Chuck Ramirez (cluttered, pristine, central, askew, repetitive) to make a quick color drawing or watercolor painting on an inanimate object that says something about your identity.