Tuesday, August 21, 2012

spend an afternoon at The Tampa Museum of Art




If you find yourself in the central Florida area and are looking for an attraction to enjoy that is not of the theme park variety, I recommend Tampa Museum of Art. It is the perfect size for a quick dose of culture with kids before you climb onto another roller coaster. 


We have visited several times in the last few months and loved it each time. The building is modern and impressive to kids, offering a big interior staircase and big, open galleries.

The last show we saw was A Hundred Years, A Hundred Chairs. (Locals, this show is running for another month - go!), which was a review of the last century through chair design. We spend about an hour looking through the show and each picking out our favorites and even counting to see if indeed there were one hundred chairs (there were).

One of the things that makes the museum great for families is that in addition to the small permanent collection of Greek artifacts (good for Percy Jackson fans), and the kid friendly cafe, is the proximity to a great outdoor space. Just outside the museum is the Hillsborough river and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront ParkThe park hosts a splash pad, picnic tables, big grassy lawns and play structures. 

We planned for a whole afternoon and brought a picnic lunch and art supplies. After the viewing the exhibitions, we settled in to homemade pizza and tomato salad. Then we started designing our own chairs in our journals while our food digested. 

This is such a beautiful area to sit and relax in. Within walking distance is the Glazer Children's Museum, the Florida Museum of Photography Arts, and many restaurants. 

We have really taken a liking to this little area in Tampa, and will be there again soon to check out the Henri Cartier-Bresson show. 








6 comments:

  1. We've lived here for 2 years and haven't been yet. I'm definitely interested in the chairs exhibit. We just may have to go!

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  2. We loved the Greek collection and the playground outside. :)

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  3. This looks awesome! I wish we could go! Hearing about this exhibit is somewhat of a downer knowing that I'll also never get to the Century of the Child exhibition at the MOMA. Maybe next century?

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  4. Hmm... Did my previous comment go through? Anyway just trying to say it would be great to do a whirlwind tour of the chair exhibition and then hop on up to The Century of the Child. Sadly being on the other side of the world, we'll just have to see what kinds of treasures are lurking in our own local museums. Love the post!

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    1. I would love to see more of your neighborhood. I really want to live in Japan for a spell. Do you like it?

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  5. Keep your children cool this summer, join us at summer camp!

    Students will explore classical art traditions, contemporary concepts and experiment with a variety of art media creating original works of art. Inspired by gallery visits, the museum landscape and layers of art history, students will enjoy a summer filled with art.
    General Information
    Weeks 1–2: Ages 6–8
    Weeks 3–4: Ages 9–11
    Week 5–6: Ages 12–14
    Daily Schedule
    Morning Drop Off: 8–8:30 a.m.
    AM Session: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Lunch: 12:30–1 p.m.
    PM Session: 1–5 p.m.
    Afternoon Pick Up: 5–5:30 p.m.
    Snacks will be provided during each morning and afternoon session.
    Students enrolled for a full day are required to bring a brown bag
    lunch. Parents will be sent information about drop-off, pick-up, and
    other details prior to the start of summer art camp.
    Costs
    Members:
    $125/week half-day sessions
    $200/week full day sessions
    Non-members:
    $150/week half-day sessions
    $225/week full day sessions
    Due to the popularity of the museum’s camp program, all classes
    require advance registration and payment.
    Schedule of Classes
    Ages 6– 8
    Week One: June 17 – 21, 2013 Pen to Paint
    Explore the principles of painting and drawing using pencil, charcoal,and paints while experimenting with a variety of processes. Classes will increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of various media. Master and contemporary artists will be examined in these techniques.

    Week Two: June 24 – 28, 2013 It’s Not Easy Being Green
    Discover techniques and processes for art making using a variety of recycled, repurposed, or reused materials. Explore art and artists that are sensitive and responsive to the environment and incorporate these themes into ideas, materials, and subject matter. From bookmaking to sculpture, create with and be inspired by natural and
    recycled materials.
    Ages 9– 11

    Week Three: July 8 – 12, 2013 Drawing and Painting
    Explore the principles of painting and drawing using pencil, charcoal, and paints while experimenting with a variety of processes. Classes will increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of various media. Master and contemporary artists will be examined in these techniques.

    Week Four: July 15 – 19, 2013 The Sculpted Experience
    Experiment with volume, space, line, and texture to discover how each relates to building and carving three-dimensional forms. Work with metal, wax, wood, clay, and found objects to create individually inspired projects and group collaborations. Students will study the role of sculpture throughout art history.
    AGES 12– 14
    Week Five: July 22 – 26, 2013 Drawing and Painting
    Explore the principles of painting and drawing using pencil, charcoal, and paint while experimenting with different processes. Classes will increase the students’ understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of various media. Different techniques will be explored through examination of the work of Master and contemporary artists.
    Classes will create student portfolios to share and critique. The week will include a visiting artist.

    Week Six: July 29 – August 2, 2013 The Sculpted Experience
    Experiment with volume, space, line, and texture to discover how each relates to building and carving three-dimensional forms. Work with metal, wax, wood, clay, and found objects to create individually inspired projects and group collaborations. Students will study the role of sculpture throughout art history. The week will include a visiting artist.

    To register for Art Camp, please call 813.421.8373,
    or e-mail summercamp@tampamuseum.org

    We hope to see you!

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