How do we know what we know? The 2018 Unseen Forces exhibition series delves into the finer points of an artist’s life and explores the rich territories of belief, opinion, and fact in contemporary art. Through five art environments, three of them newly created, Unseen Forces displays fiction combined with historical fact—mischievously exploring the forces at work behind “truth.”
The Arts Center will provide age-appropriate workshops for school tours experiencing Unseen Forces. These workshop activities are designed to deepen the experiencing of art, foster creativity, and nurture skills to engage with art independently.
Unseen Forces educational workshop activities are designed to deepen the experiencing of art, foster creativity, and nurture independent art skills.
This exhibition series celebrates five immersive exhibitions exploring invisible powers at play in the world. The Unseen Forces exhibitions delve into the finer points of an artist’s life and explore the rich territories of belief, opinion, and fact in contemporary art.
Cosmic Companions (pre-K–2nd grade) 45-minute tour and 45-minute hands-on art experience
Discover the wonder of the Unseen Forces exhibition series. Students will create a small cone figure using clay and mixed media. These planetary pals are certain to be out of this world!
Solar Sidekicks (3rd–5th grade) 45-minute tour and 45- minute hands-on art experience
Exploring Distant Planets: Solar Landscapes (1st-4th grade)
Take a journey into outer space. Create a miniature solar landscape using clay, rocks, moss, natural materials, colored sand, and mixed media. Add a miniature spaceship, space station, and /or astronaut to complete your outer space environment.
Miniature Kinetic Sculptures (6th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Emery Blagdon designed “The Healing Machine” to channel the earth’s energies and alleviate pain and illness. Students will construct a three-dimensional component made from wire, copper, foil, metallic found objects, buttons, beads, and a variety of mixed media. Upon completion students will suspend their component on a large armature to create a group kinetic sculpture.
Speaking Volumes: Cast Wax Assemblage (5th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Influenced by the castings seen in the Lost Library: Stella Waitzkin exhibition, students will cast their own ear, nose, mouth, fingers, or toes using alginate and sculpting wax. The wax body part components will be mounted on a small book and completed with a written exploration of lyrics to a song or personal story component.
Pewter Cast Symbols and Adornments (6th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Examine the Arts/Industry works of art seen throughout the grounds and washrooms of the Arts Center. Design and cast a symbol or adornment that can be created into a three-dimensional sculpture, pendant, or adornment.
ExAIR (Exhibition Artists-in Residence) brings artists featured in the exhibitions to the Arts Center to share their creative processes with the community. (5th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Available workshop dates: April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck
Workshops begin with a discussion in the gallery with artists Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck. Participants will learn firsthand about the artists’ exhibition Out, Out Phosphene Candle, where science fiction, magic, ancient technology, and folklore come together to question what is truth and what is belief. After discussion in the gallery, the workshop will move to The ARTery where participants will engage in the understanding of ghost signatures and crafting of short publications—exploring ideas from the exhibition including ghosts, craft, and the transformation of something as normal as a signature into something otherworldly.
ExAIR residencies offer students exciting opportunities to meet and work with renowned artists exhibiting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Participants learn more about the artist practice and explore the creative process with the artists.
Please contact Community Arts Residency Coordinator Craig Grabhorn at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about featured artists.