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Summer Art Kits On Sale At Museum

 

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art has Summer Art Kits available for purchase.

During the summer, the MGMoA usually hosts various art classes for ages 5-18, but because of COVID-19, staff decided not to have classes this summer for the health and safety of students, parents, and staff. The education staff decided instead to create unique Summer Art Kits with various themes.

Each art kit comes with most of the supplies (some art kits may need scissors or pencils), and with instructions on how to create the art piece in the kit. The instructions also list artwork that fits the theme of the art project, so parents and their young artists can be inspired by the artwork in the collection before taking their art kit home.

The Summer Art Kits range in price from $5-$25 based on the supplies in the kit. The art kits will range from easy to medium to difficult ability. There will be a total of eight art kits available with the themes of Nature, Watercolors, Ceramics, Egypt, Greek, Native American, Masks, and Theater. These kits are intended for all ages but parental supervision is recommended for younger kids.

Only one of the art kits has a virtual component to it, the rest are 'virtual free,' meaning no Zoom and no screen time. The MGMoA would like their young artists to use their hands and create art based on the theme, or they can create a completely different piece of artwork.

"I understand kids love to play video games and watch YouTube videos and that makes it nearly impossible to pull them completely away from technology," said Amber DuBoise-Shepherd, manager of education and outreach. "But I believe it is important to have kids work with their hands and create with art materials. That is why we decided to create kits that require little to no screen time."

These Summer Art Kits are available for purchase and pick up from the museum until Aug. 8. The museum also has posters displayed in the museum lobby to see the projects with prices. Discounts are available for museum members. Registration is not required. The MGMoA has free admission for July and August, and is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm with a limit of 10 visitors in the museum.

Masks are not required but are recommended. You are welcome to call to check on how many visitors are in the gallery at 405-878-5300 or you can get a timed ticket at http://www.mgmoa.org/hours-admission to schedule a time to come. The MGMoA has increased cleaning procedures in the museum and hand-sanitizing stations are available.

Follow the museum on their social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for unique content! The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the OBU Green campus. 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee. The museum is funded in part by the Avedis Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Allied Arts.

 

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