The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
This monthlong program for kids at the K–4 grade level is held weekly at the Aspen Art Museum. Taking place on November 5, 12, and 19 from 2:30–4 p.m., these workshops recognize the value of exposing children to the arts at an early age and uses the artist’s process as an educational tool.
A lonely, aging movie star and a neglected, newlywed young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction, and understanding amidst the bright city lights.
The AAM tailors special visits and workshops for homeschool families and programs in the Roaring Fork Valley. Each workshop provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn about contemporary art while creating a work of art together as a family. Parents also learn techniques and skills for creating their own art experiences at home. A complimentary brown bag lunch is included following the workshop.
This after-school program for kids in Grades K–4 is held most Wednesdays during the school year at the AAM. Museum educators lead classes that include activities in the gallery and take-home projects.
Classes are limited to fifteen participants. Prior registration strongly encouraged.
In observance of changing the iterations of the yearlong exhibition Ritual, this special event will cultivate an appreciation of the metaphysical. Responding to the outgoing Psychedelic Prayer Rugs by Baseera Khan and incoming aura photographs by Anne Collier, the pop-up aura photography studio Radiant Human will be available to take individual or group portraits that capture the sitter’s aura through a chromatic photograph. We mark the middle of the day with a free, lunchtime guided meditation with Lindsay Gurley to connect deeper with oneself and the everyday.
Making sure art and creativity are at the heart of your child’s development, this free drop-in program for 0–5 year olds and their caregivers explores fun ways to interact through art.
Artists in the Making is an eight-week program that offers middle school students in Aspen and Basalt the opportunity to develop specialized skills driven by self-innovation. Community experts who visit select sessions and mentor students work in tandem with an AAM Educator to create a uniquely tailored experience that concludes with a celebratory showcase for friends and family. Spring theme: Design Thinking
Story Art is a community outreach program presented in partnership with the Carbondale Branch Library and the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. This free program for elementary and middle school students provides playful exploration of storytelling through a group reading and art-making activity inspired by AAM exhibitions.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.