Printmaking Workshops for Children at Fenimore Art Museum
Saturday, August 19, Fenimore Art Museum will offer two fairy tale-themed, collaborative printmaking workshops for children ages 6-10 and 8-14.
Cooperstown, New York — On Saturday, August 19, Fenimore Art Museum will offer two fairy tale-themed, collaborative printmaking workshops for children ages 6-10 and 8-14. Led by printmaker Matthias Kern, children will learn basic printing techniques while creating their own imaginative stories. The workshops are being held in celebration of the summer exhibition, M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations, which spans the Dutch artist’s entire career with more than 160 works. Registration is available through August 12 at 10:00 a.m.at FenimoreArt.org or Eventbrite.com: $30 members; $35 non-members.
‘Prints Charming’ Printmaking Workshop (for Kids ages 6-10)
Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Participants will use color, texture, and pattern to conjure a world of fantasy. Watch as our small prints reveal an enchanted surprise once assembled. Participants will print with stamps, fingers, rollers, and corrugated paper. At the end, the pieces will be put together like a jigsaw puzzle and it will reveal a castle. This workshop will provide opportunities for youths to develop and deepen artistic skills in printmaking, expanding understanding of Escher’s technical process and opening the door to new artists. Materials are included in cost of the workshop. 10 spaces are available.
‘Prints in the Enchanted Forest’ Workshop (for Kids ages 8-14)
Saturday, August 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Participants will follow a set of prints through the Enchanted Forest using natural materials and printmaking techniques to conjure a world of dreams and fantasies through the stories we read in our childhood. This workshop will provide opportunities for youths to develop and deepen artistic skills in printmaking, printing with natural material like vegetables (cob of corn), leaves, bark, grass etc., expanding understanding of Escher’s technical process and opening the door to new artists. Materials are included in cost of the workshop. 10 spaces are available.
About the Artist – Matthias Kern
Based in New York, Matthias Kern was born in Celle, a small German city south of Hamburg. From a very early age he was exposed to various forms of art and attended all the art classes that were available in his hometown. Over the years, Matthias experimented with various artistic expressions including watercolor, acrylic and pastel, as well as printmaking. He enjoys working in the older printmaking techniques as well as more modern techniques of intaglio, encompassing dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, line etching, silk screen, monotype and woodcut.
About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.