22nd Annual Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Free family-friendly afternoon of hands-on activities
Saturday, October 21; 12 – 4 pm
September 19, 2017– Alexandria, Va. – Hundreds of children and their families are expected to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Saturday, October 21, for Art Safari, an Alexandria family tradition for 22 years. Visitors can get their hands (and clothes) a little dirty with a bevy of interactive activities and crafts from noon to 4 pm.
Resident and visiting artists lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children age 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.
Tens of thousands of people across the region have attended Art Safari during its two-decade history. Leading up to the special day, the public is invited to share their own stories and photos of past Art Safaris with hashtag #artsafariALX.
For more information, visit http://torpedofactory.org/artsafari.
List of Activities:
- Giant Papier-Mâché Elephant – 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.
- Mini Paintings – Led by the Torpedo Factory Artists Association
Painters from the Torpedo Factory Art Center will sit side by side with young visitors to create miniature paintings together. Participants learn to pain on canvas with acrylic paint, and blending colors to make new and unique shades.
- Coloring Tables – Led by the Torpedo Factory Artists Association
Torpedo Factory artists created black and white line drawings for children to embellish with color.
- Bottlecap Art – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Bottlecaps are transformed into sparkling art 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 October Open Exhibit. 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 collage using bits of fabric and fiber.
- 2ndFloor Hall – Easel stations – Led by Christine Cardellino
With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine at the easel stations located on the 2nd floor.
- 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 – Artifact Illustration – Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Artifact illustration is still used by archaeologists to reveal details that otherwise might be missed by a photograph. Visitors will choose a real artifact to measure and illustrate on their lab sheet. Artistic representations of other artifacts will also be on display throughout the museum.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. The Torpedo Factory is currently part of the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League Gallery and School, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria EatsPlace Café and Market. For more information, visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.