When we think of the arts during winter, we tend to think about the dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” or the Rockettes performing complicated dances with high kicks. The performing arts definitely deserve a place in holiday festivities, but visual art doesn’t hibernate during the winter. Tampa Bay art museums and organizations keep the flame burning all year long. If you enjoyed the spring 2014 art festivities, then you will definitely want to check out what the art community has to offer for winter 2014.
Military Appreciation Day
Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
The Tampa Museum of Art is situated close to the downtown area and hosts a collection of permanent exhibits as well as traveling exhibits. The museum also offers both self-guided audio tours and free docent-led tours that must be scheduled in advance. December 14 is Military Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All military members, veterans and their families get free admission with military identification. The day’s activities will include Art Spot, the opportunity for a drop-in tour, Design Challenge, Gallery activity cards, music and some samples from the Sono Cafe.
You Cubed: Picasso Self-Portrait Workshop
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date: Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 10 and Feb. 14, 2015
Have you ever wondered what you might look like in one of Picasso’s paintings? You will discover how the great painter might have expressed your features in this make-and-take workshop. This family-friendly event starts with two photographs of your face: one taken from the front and one taken from the side. Once your photos are printed, you will cut up and recombine the pieces to create one image with multiple perspectives. Once you’re satisfied with your Cubist look, you can then further embellish your self portrait with colors and geometric elements to make your portrait look like it came straight out of Picasso’s Cubist years. If you have younger children in the family, there will be all-ages art activities to encourage the exploration of dimension, perspective, line and color reminiscent of the early 20th century Cubist movement. The cost to participate is $10 per portrait.
Make & Take: Stained Glass
St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date: Dec. 6 and Dec. 20, 2014
This fun, family-oriented workshop comes just in time for the holidays, especially if you love giving hand-made gifts. There are two opportunities to enjoy this workshop: December 6 and December 20, both times from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration is necessary and participating in the workshop is free with museum admission. All supplies are included as well. Each member of the family can make his or her own artistic stained-glass ornament to put on a tree or to give to someone else as a special gift. This is a fantastic opportunity for crafters to learn how to make a unique hand-made gift for the special people in their lives.
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