REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC

REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC
Photo- Gessoed Hand of MG Stout holding her favorite paint while prepping paper

Monday, March 28, 2011

The National Building Museum 3/26/11

Inside the National Museum Building

Saturday, March 26th the National Building Museum hosted "Family Day" to celebrate the arrival of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.  The building was blooming.  There were all sorts of activities inspired by the Cherry Blossoms and Japanese Culture.  Everything was pretty in pink, but my favorite site had to be larger than life Japanese paper lanterns draped from the ceiling.

MG Stout gears up to challenge young artists to show off their blossoms

There were all sorts of Japanese inspired workshops for children to try.  
So what did we do?
We created recycled sketch books from outdated Workhouse Art Center Course Catalogues.  Saving trees!  A perfect activity to honor the Cherry Blossoms.  After participants made their drawing pads we encouraged them to go out into the festival and render the blossoms their way.  We asked parents to photograph the artworks and upload them to our Facebook page.  Our hope is to share all the works with the general public.  We thought kids would be stoked about having their work become a part of our virtual gallery.  

volunteers and staff help youngsters bind their books

artists very busy creating

Fun was had by all.  Families also enjoyed live entertainment.   Dancers moved gracefully across the stage, musicians played, and lively skits were performed by lovable characters.  One highlight of the day was when the star of the new movie HOP came into the building.  The kids went CRAZY!  

The HOP Star (I don't know his name)

If you missed family day there is still time to check out all the exciting events associated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Click this link and plan to spend the day in the District.  It really is the perfect time to visit our Nation's Capitol.

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