Date(s) - 11/23/2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Garfield Park Arts Center
The Garfield Park Arts for All program is a fun, educational, and interactive way to try out a new medium with a variety of themes inspired by the Art Center’s monthly exhibit.
Off the main hall on the third floor is a small art studio. There are stairs or an elevator to get you there. The studio is small, but would comfortably fit around 15 people. The Art Center asks you to call ahead if your group is larger than six so they can make accommodations. They can be reached at (317) 327-7135. They have tables, folding chairs, all the necessary supplies for the project of the month, a clean-up station, aprons to protect your clothes, and a great step-by-step guide to show you how to complete your own masterpiece.
The Arts for All project in May used pastel oils and examples of what to create had been inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. A selection of paper and a huge variety of pastel oils were available to the budding artists. My 2 year old and my 6 year old had fun creating large petal flowers reminiscent of O’Keefe. They followed along with the posted suggestions. Both kids worked on shapes and blending their lines to create seamless blooms. I was actually surprised it held their attention for more than 30 minutes. Once they grew restless, we explored the building. The Garfield Park Art Center reminds me of an art gallery. They have the facility covered in artwork from the sculpture above you as you walk in the front door to every wall and every stairwell in between.
The Art Center’s theme changes monthly. In June, the theme was the color Blue. Blue can symbolize happiness, a somber or melancholy mood. You can view artwork in various shades of blue from local artists, and see how the color has moved them. The Art for All project for June takes an ear from Picasso. After you explore some of his work during his “Blue Period” think about what they express and make your own blue themed artwork by using construction paper to collage people and faces. “Picasso Blues” runs Saturday’s from noon – 5 pm (June 1, 8, 15, and 22. No AFA on June 29)
The July theme for the Art Center is an exhibit that uplifts the resistance, life, diversity, and craft of the Indianapolis Muslim community called “Muslims Aren’t Interested in Being Afraid”. It is meant to show the world that despite the rising Islamophobia and racism, Muslims are still thriving, surviving, and creating. The Art for All July project focuses on the breath-taking architecture and stained glass windows of Muslim Mosques. Create your own faux stained glass design with clear plastic sheets and colored paper to make geometric shapes and patterns. “Islamic Stained Glass” runs Saturday’s from noon-5 pm (July 6, 13, 20, and 27)
The month of August focuses on “Making a Mark”. Here you will explore drawing, illustration, cartoon and comic art displayed by local artists. The AFA this month is titled “Scratch Art Comics”. This project will allow you to make comics using negative space, shading and cross-hatching. You will learn how to make your characters and story come to life! AFA in August runs Saturday’s from noon-5 pm (August 3 , 10 , 24 and 31 )
In September, the Garfield Park Art Center has an exhibition called “Spectrum II”. This exhibit highlights work from the Indianapolis area LGTBQ+ community. Artwork will aim to be reflective of individuals’ identities, stories, and experience to achieve awareness of LGTBQ+ issues. During the AFA in September, you can create a rainbow-striped rock using construction paper, sandpaper and a little bit of elbow grease. This project runs Saturday’s noon-5 pm (September 7, 14, 21)
The Garfield Part Art Center is a very well maintained facility. You can tell that upkeep is a priority. The building has rentals available and can accommodate parties of up to 200. The bathrooms are handicap accessible and both the men and women’s restrooms have changing tables. There is a larger family restroom with an extra-long changing table for those who need more room.
Just outside the Art Center is a wonderful playground surrounded by mature trees and shaded benches. There is a toddler area with various climbing features and slides. They also have a couple baby swings and a sandbox! For the older kids the equipment is plentiful; swings, monkey bars, slides, and climbing equipment. The park has plenty of shaded or covered picnic tables, a beautiful 2-story pergola. The pool is visible from the park and is set to open mid to late June (due to remodeling)
Make sure you check out the rest Garfield Park too! They host a farmer’s market every Saturday, May through October from 9 am – 1230 pm. The first Saturday of every month the Art Center will have free special events from 9-11 am at the market! Grab some fresh produce and baked goods, head to a shady bench and enjoy while the kiddos burn off some energy at the playground then stop inside the Art Center to cool off and create your very own masterpiece.
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