Walker’s Point Center for the Arts offers gallery tours and art workshops as a supplemental resource for educators by providing students with an art experience outside of classrooms. Each session aims to introduce students to traditional themes in cultural arts such as Hmong story cloths or getting an intimate viewing of contemporary artwork by regional artists exhibiting in our gallery.
Cost & Accommodations
The cost for students are $8 per student and free for teachers and chaperones. Art tours and workshops are intended for all age groups, K-12, college, and educators. Each session can accommodate up to 60 students and arrangement can be made for special needs or disabled students.
To schedule a visit..
Educators or home school groups interested in developing a field trip experience connected to lessons or curricula can contact Art Education Coordinator Maikue Vang, maikue@wpca-milwaukee or 414.509.6187.
See below for a list of 2017 Tours & Workshops or Download List.
Key words: Storytelling, play, imagination, communication, oral tradition, artifacts.
Description: In cultures all around the world, storytelling is passed through oral tradition. Often times, these stories are connected to important artifacts that directly impact our lives. For many cultures, toys were handed down through generations connected to stories that invoke imagination through play. For this session, we will learn about the Mexican Cartoneria dolls, that were made from paper-mache, a cheap affordable and
Keywords: Storytelling, trauma, documentation, visual literacy, migration, refugee.
Description: Story cloths were a way for the Hmong to be able to document their stories about life in the refugee camps when they were fleeing the Vietnam War. Because they didn’t have a written language and many of the Hmong people did not know how to write, missionaries taught them how to do embroidery and applique. Students will create an image telling a story about what they do after school, at home, where is a favorite place to hang out, etc. It should be a story that
Keywords: Storytelling, documenting, historical trauma, symbolism, journaling, illustration, repetition, time & space on one plain.
Description: Native American Ledger art is a genre of Plains Indian artistry that corresponded with the reduction of Plains Tribes to government reservation between 1860 and 1900. We will look at examples of Ledger Art and discuss how it portrays a “transitional expression of art and material culture” that derive from traditional Plain Indians paintings that emerged in Indian Schools in Oklahoma and New Mexico around the 1920’s. We will make our own books, and fill each page with illustrations of a series of events that document their entire day. Documenting daily life through illustration, symbolism.
Keywords: Narrative, Identity, Social Justice & Activism, Celebrating perspectives.
Description: Themes of youth empowerment, identity, social justice, human rights, and personal narrative will be the main topic of discussion during these sessions. Students will create stencils of words that celebrate youth empowerment and voices. These will be screen printed on paper.
These sessions provide students with an intimate and personal experience with artwork by local and emerging artists. Students will be given a tour of the gallery, to offer students a look into thriving practices that exist in their communities. Following the tour, students will participate in an art making workshop that would encompass aspects of the artworks seen in the gallery.
Current Exhibit: Midwest Artist Studio
“Capturing Time & Space: Todd Mrozinski” (Available thru April 1st)
Keywords: Positive & Negative/ Light & Shadow / Life & Death
Description: Todd Mrozinski is a local artist who creates shadow portraits of friends and families. Students will create paintings inspired by Mrozinski’s shadow paintings that refer to positive & negative/light&shadow as visual metaphors.
WPCA’s Educator Workshops focus on topics in traditional and contemporary art. Each workshop include a discussion and hands-on art making related to the topic. Workshops are free and open to anyone 18 years old and up. Registration, although not required, is highly encouraged.
Fall 2016 series will be on topics that bridges traditional, cultural mediums and techniques with contemporary art practices. The aim will be to introduce educators on how history and culture is still relevant in today’s art world, whether it’s in contemporary or folk disciplines.
Monday, September 12
Monday, September 19
Both 4–6 pm
See below for workshop details.
Monday, September 12
In this workshop, we’ll look at various wax-resist traditions and examine how contemporary artists are using the techniques while commenting on the culture and historic context in which it derives. We will look at artwork by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and his use of Dutch Wax printed fabric in creating a dialogue about historic context. We will also be making our own fabric using the Batik technique.
Monday, September 19
As teachers, how do we teach cultural subjects without appropriating? How do we make culturally relevant artwork without adulterating its historic and cultural significance? This workshop will provide educators tool to create lessons that are inclusive to both students and individuals who share a culture with the culture they are learning. We will also get hands-on and make worry-dolls based on the Guatemala tradition.