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26th Annual Art Safari

October 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for more than a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for an in-person day of activities for kids and families for the first time since 2019! Join fellow lovers of art and learning for outdoor Waterfront art activities and select projects in the Grand Hall of the building.

Great for kids ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun!

Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

RSVPs requested. This event is free and open to the public.


List of Activities


Waterfront Entrance

  • Painting Easel Stations – Led by Judy Heiser
    With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine. As the works dry along the Waterfront entrance, the riverfront will burst with color and creativity.
  • Watercolor Paper Postcards – Led by Joey Wade
    Take part in creating watercolor paper postcards to send to friends!
  • Shoreline Engineering – Led by Alexandria Archaeology Museum
    Test your 18th-century engineering skills! It wasn’t easy for tall ships to reach Alexandria’s natural shoreline. New land was created in the 18th and 19th century to reach the deep water. Can you figure out a way to make new land without having it wash away into the Potomac? Things might get messy!


First Floor

  • Studio 14 – Silk screen printing – Led by Printmakers, Inc. 
    Take part in creating your own silk-screen image in the brand new Printmakers studio.
  • Studio 16 – Papier-Mâché Animal – Led by Lisa Schumaier
    Children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a wild animal. Arrive early to fill in the wireframe. Stay late to see the finished piece.
  • Studio 21 – Gallery Scavenger Hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
    Find special things within The Art League Gallery’s current exhibitions. Each completed hunt earns a prize.
  • Studio 29 – Fiber Collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
    Create a dynamic, textural collage using bits of fabric and fiber.
  • Grand Hall – Button Making – Led by Alexandria Library
    Alexandria Library staff help design and create custom buttons.
  • Grand Hall – Fun with Loom – Led by Daniel Varillas
    Have fun experimenting with color, texture, and pattern by taking part in creating a community weaving on a table loom!

Third Floor 

  • Studio 335 – Glass Art Sea Creations – Led by Alison Sigethy
    Watch demonstrations of Alison’s glass art making process, and create your own glass sea shapes.
  • 3rd Floor Landing – Zine Making Project – Led by Eliza Clifford
    Fold and cut single sheets of paper into an 8-page zine and fill them with all kinds of sketches from drawing exercises and activity prompts. 






October 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Visit Daily10 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

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