Children get free, hands-on time at Oceanside Museum of Art

OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Museum of Art Free Family Art Day linked hands-on crafts with the current Quilt Vision: No Boundaries exhibit Dec. 5. Families were provided with materials and directions to make quilted holiday ornaments. Then a child-oriented docent tour of the exhibit was given.
At craft tables children armed with glue guns, scissors, fabric scraps and beads could choose to create fabric quilted ornaments, beaded rings or flat collage ornaments. The complexity of creating the ornaments varied and allowed all ages to participate. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles also tried their hand at making ornaments.
“It’s a fun activity to do with kids,” Elke Constantine of Oceanside said. “They’re having fun. What’s great are the imperfections.”
On the docent led tour of the Quilt Vision: No Boundaries exhibit, museum volunteer Julia Fister asked children to find shapes, colors and textures in the quilts. “I try to get them involved, instead of it being me lecturing,” Fister said.
Four family art days are held a year. “I wish we could do it more often,” Ed Fosmire, museum executive director, said. “I love to see the families working together.”
Free Family Art Days are funded by the James Irvine Foundation Grant. The goal is to connect children and families with art.
The next Free Family Art Day is Jan. 16. Families are invited to create leaf and flower prints and view the exhibit of Imogen Cunningham botanical photographs.

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