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21st Annual Art Safari

October 8, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for more than two decades, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding arts enthusiasts in 12 hands-on projects from plein air painting to silkscreen printing. Get messy constructing a giant papier-mâché tiger or squishing clay between your fingers. The Art League and the Alexandria Archaeological Museum will offer even more engaging programming.

Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. Most activities are appropriate for kindergarten age, with parental supervision, through middle school.

List of Activities

  • Potomac Riverfront – Plein Air Tiny Paintings – Led by the Torpedo Factory Artists Association
    Painters from the Torpedo Factory Art Center sit with visitors along the riverfront and create miniature paintings together while enjoying the fall weather.
  • Union and Cameron Street Alley – Relief Printing – Led by the Mobile Art Lab
    Children can check out Alexandria’s one-of-a-kind art truck while making colorful prints.
  • 1st Floor Hallway – Giant Papier-Mâché Tiger – Led by Lisa Schumaier
    In only four hours, children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a new sculpture. Many of Schumaier’s previous Art Safari sculptures, such as the iconic camel, are on view in the first floor throughout the year.
  • Studio 16 – Bottlecap Necklaces – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
    Bottlecaps are transformed into sparkling necklaces with the help of sequins and glitter glue.
  • Studio 21 – Gallery scavenger hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
    This year, The Art League’s scavenger hunt explores the exhibition Op-Ed. Each completed scavenger hunt can be shown at the gallery desk to receive a special prize.
  • Studio 22 – Clay Experience – Led by Susan Greenleaf
    Children play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine. Potters will demonstrate their technique for throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
  • Studio 29 – Fiber collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
    Artists help children create a dynamic image using bits of fabric and fiber.
  • 2nd Floor Hall – Easel stations – Led by Christine Cardellino
    With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine at the open easel stations located along the 2nd floor.
  • 2nd Floor Catwalk – Community Weaving Project – Led by Hannah Elmer
    By weaving strips of fabric through the crisscrossed wires along the 2nd floor railings, visitors create a beautiful design that will take form through the course of the afternoon.
  • 3rd Floor Hall – Coloring Tables – Led by the TFAA Community Outreach Committee
    Torpedo Factory artists created black and white line drawings for children to embellish with color.
  • Studio 325 – Silk screen printing – Led by Patrick Sargent
    Children progress through four different color stations to create their own full-color silk-screen image.
  • Studio 327 – Potter’s Art – Alexandria Archaeology Museum
    The Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have a selection of china and pottery from their collection on view. Children create their own sketches and learn to identify 19th-century Alexandria potters from the designs on stoneware pottery.

Details

Date:
October 8, 2016
Time:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Torpedo Factory Art Center
Phone:
703-746-4570
Email:
torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov

Contact Us

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: Please use the staff directory
Email: torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov
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Building Hours

Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.