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Family Fun at the Tang

Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival Participants

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents a series of Family Saturday programs to accompany the work in our exhibitions this fall, Other Side: Art, Object, Self and Opener 30: Njideka Akunyili Crosby — Predecessors.

Held on Saturdays now through December 16 (except November 25), the programs include a hands-on art activity following a brief tour of one of the exhibitions, with all materials provided. The programs run from 2:00 – 3:30 PM (except where noted on Oct. 21), and are free and open to the public. Suitable for children age 5 and up along with their adult companions, the Family Saturday programs are fun and educational.

Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited and the programs are very popular. You may sign up for each program up to one week in advance.  For additional information and reservations, or to be added to our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 580-8080 or go online to

Family Saturday Schedule

Oct. 21: Family Celebration Weekend
Come any time between Noon and 1:30 pm.
Drop-In family art project at the Tang. No reservations required.
Check out Dorothy Dehner’s large black sculpture, Fist, in the Tang’s atrium. Then using hers as inspiration, make a wooden sculpture out of colored craft sticks. Perfect for families to make together!

Oct. 28: Spiders and Spider Webs
We will take a ride to the second floor in our spooky elevator with Tony Oursler’s Talking Light, then look at Dean Snyder’s shiny metal spider web in in the Staff Only part of the museum. Afterwards, we will make colorful spiders and spider webs out of pipe-cleaners, beads, and colored wire, just in time to decorate for Halloween or just for fun!

Nov. 4: Fish Sculptures
After looking at Tim Hawkinson’s sculpture The Fin Within in Other Side: Art, Object, Self, we will make fish sculptures out of recyclable plastic bottles and other materials.

Nov. 11: Design a Board Game
We will look at and talk about Willie Cole’s large installation based on a chess set, To get to the other side. Then each participant will design and make a game board and pieces to move on it. At the end, we can try out each other’s games!

Nov. 18: 15th Annual Potato Turkey Festival!
Come to our 15th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival! We will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table!
Registration is required and can be made anytime.

Nov. 25: No Program

Dec. 2: Spool Sculptures
We will look at Dario Robleto’s You Make My World A Better Place To Findand make sculptures from wooden spools and colorful buttons, gathering inspiration from his technique of taking something old and turning it into something new.

Dec. 9: Image Transfer Art
We will look at Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s artwork and discuss her mixture of painting, collage, and photo transfer in each piece. We will then learn to use transfer techniques to make our own images.

Dec. 16: Construct a Train!
We will talk about Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler’s piece Constitution on Tourand construct train cars out of cardboard.


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