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Mythology, Mosaics, and More at Free Clark Family Day April 21

For Immediate Release

April 04, 2007

Families will enter ancient Rome during a free afternoon of family fun at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 4 pm. The first 200 children to arrive at the Mythology and Mosaics family event will receive fabric from which to make their own toga to wear throughout the day. During the afternoon enjoy a family gallery talk, watch an animated short film, learn to draw, make a mosaic masterpiece, and attend a performance by MythMasters. All activities are free.

At 2 pm, MythMasters, with storyteller David Zucker, blasts centuries of dust from ancient myths, bringing their power, majesty, and magic, to life using a combination of masks, mime, comedy, drama, puppets, costumes, music, and audience participation.

Experience art inside and out by designing Roman mosaic hangings with small tiles and modeling clay, or fashioning decorative wooden toga pins. Follow a map to locations on the Clark’s grounds where you can create classically-inspired crayon rubbings.

Three drawing workshops for ages nine and up, lead by faculty of Williams College and the Williams College Museum of Art, will be held at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Encouraging older children and adults to learn and create together, these intergenerational classes are suited for all abilities. The still life drawing workshop, Working with Pastels, will be taught by Julia Morgan-Leamon of WCMA. A landscape drawing workshop, Working with Charcoal, will be taught by Frank Jackson, Williams College studio art professor. Leading a Live Model Drawing workshop will be instructor Amy Podmore, Williams College studio art professor. All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

Filmmaker Jesse Erica Epstein’s animated short film The Guarantee (11 minutes) will be shown on the Clark’s big screen at 4 pm. Using hand drawn images, the film follows a male ballet student, whose teacher suggests he get a nose job. With humor and an artist’s sketches, The Guarantee explores the issue of beauty and who determines the standard of what is beautiful.

At 1:30 and 3 pm, family gallery talks will take place in the Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum special exhibition. The great 17th century French artist Claude Lorrain invented the “modern” landscape, changed how people viewed the natural world, and influenced landscape artists for generations to follow. The exhibition traces Claude’s direct response to the topography and atmospheric effects characteristic of the Roman countryside and reveals the artist’s working process from preparatory sketches through final oil paintings.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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