Idabel, OK (March 12, 2018)—The Museum of the Red River will hold a beginner-level painting workshop for families on March 24. Parents and children will learn and utilize basic painting techniques. They’ll also get a chance to paint images that are often associated with ethnographic art like animals and basic geometric shapes. Parents may stop by with their children anytime between 10 AM and 3 PM. Fun with Paint is free and sponsored by the McCurtain County Art Club. All supplies are provided.
Most of the Museum’s collections are made up of ethnographic art—cultural objects from native American, African, and Oceanic groups. Unlike fine art, ethnographic art is or was often used in everyday life. Until recently, it was not seen as “real” art by the mainstream art world. However, that changed in the 20th century with the help of famous artists like Pablo Picasso. In fact, the geometric shapes and exaggerated features that characterize modern art have their roots in ethnographic art.
Attendees can draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibits for their paintings. Among its current exhibits is the Seven-States Biennial Exhibition. The show is made up of forty-four works of art from contemporary artists in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Seven-States Biennial will close on March 25 with an Artists Reception from 1 PM to 4 PM. The public is invited to attend.
[Pictured: Families at the Museum’s Fun with Clay Day]