Workshops: The Power of Pattern

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures hosts a free workshop in conjunction with the Power of Pattern, the Creative Aging Festival, and the City of Bloomington’s Commission on Aging.

The Museum is at 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington IN 47408. Limited parking in the small lot at the museum, but look for more parking on the street and in the Macalla School lot across Indiana Ave.

 

Hand-carved acrylic block stampsSimple Block Carving / May 18, 2013

  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public but –> registration is limited to the first 15 people; ages 12 and older only. Carving materials provided for 12 attendees on a first-come, first served basis. Register by emailing museumed [at] indiana.edu or calling (812) 855-0197.

What we’ll do: Learn some basic techniques for designing and carving simple block/stamps. Bring a design of your own (no larger than 4” x 6”), or wait to create a design at the workshop. (For design inspiration, see our Power of Pattern resources page.)

What you’ll come away with: A stamp of your own, with ideas for making more and how you might develop symbol designs and combine them into patterns.

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Previously:

Simple Block Carving / January 26, 2013

  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public but –> registration is limited to the first 12 people; ages 12 and older only. Carving materials provided for 12 attendees on a first-come, first served basis. Register by emailing museumed [at] indiana.edu or calling (812) 855-0197.

What we’ll do: Learn some basic techniques for designing and carving simple block/stamps. Bring a design of your own (no larger than 4” x 5”), or wait to create a design at the workshop. (For design inspiration, see our Power of Pattern resources page.)

What you’ll come away with: A stamp of your own, with ideas for making more and how you might develop symbol designs and combine them into patterns.

 

Block Printing and Design with Symbols / February 9

  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public; for all ages

What we’ll do: Design and print a large canvas banner for the Lotus “Power of Pattern” project, creating patterns from selected symbols.

What you’ll come away with: There will also be “make-and-take” projects for you to create and take home. You’ll also learn more about how to create your own symbols and patterns.

 

 

Symbols and Stories — Representing Native American Heroines / February 23

  • 2 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public

Folklore student and researcher Kristina Downs shows us patterns and symbols in the stories we tell and in our representations of well-known Native American heroines like Sacagawea and Pocahontas.

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Sarah Hatcher, Mathers Museum Education Curator / (812) 855-0197 / museumed [at] indiana.edu

 

Part of 2013 Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach.  Made possible with support from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Indiana Arts Commission. Lotus Blossoms made possible with support from Old National Bank Foundation.

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