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Museum offering science/art classes for all ages

The Evansville Museum is offering a variety of classes for all ages during the winter and spring months of 2013.

Classes for Adults:

Science For Parents With School-Age Children

Parents can sometimes be overwhelmed when children can come home with some strange science questions or the need to build something for a science project. Former science teacher and Museum Science Experiences Specialist Jim Price will touch on the basics of some of the major concepts in chemistry, everyday physics, earth science, and the fundamentals of magnets and electricity so that parents can be prepared to help their children with their science homework. We will be doing hands-on experiments that can be taken home and applied to your child's science classroom experiences. This class is recommended for parents with children in upper elementary to middle school.

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age: Adults & School Children with an Adult
Supplies: Provided in workshop
Fees: $8 Members / $12 Not-Yet Members
Register by: Friday, February 22

Adult Painting Studio

Let's "cut loose" with local artist and art instructor Connie Bell! Connie encourages students to experiment during this casual painting class with both subject matter and media. Students are welcome to use oil or acrylic paints to create at least 3-5 paintings over the course of eight weeks. The workshop focuses on Ms. Bell's personal belief that artists should remember to "paint to become who they are as an artist". All levels are welcome.

Dates: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Adult
Supplies: 3-5 Canvas; Paint (favorite colors): oil or acrylic; Brushes: student preference, students may contact Connie at 812-473-0475 with questions
Fees: $185 Member / $200 Not-Yet Members
Register by:  Friday, March 22

Artist Sharon Sprung Painting Workshop

Presented in partnership with PAULA RIGGS and PAULINE AMODIO

A Brooklyn, New York native, where she lives and works, Sharon Sprung is a painter celebrating the visual world. She teaches Contemporary Realist Figure and Portrait Painting in oil from the model, emphasizing the importance of drawing and an understanding of anatomy, movement, psychological force, light and shape, rich paint application, color and the use of correct value relationships. She aids students as they balance these elements in order to create an expressive work that has strength and presence.

Capturing a likeness - the essence of learning to paint a portrait - requires the mastering of three basic skills. The first involves gaining a sophisticated understanding of the anatomy of a particular skull. The second entails mastering the exact placement of all the features and their precise relationship to one another. And the third is how to recreate the specific shapes of the shadow patterns that go with the lighting of the figure in question.

Sprung will attempt to convey an understanding of how to carry creating a likeness further, and how to get it closer to a breathing, vibrant and fleshy, multidimensional sense of who the model is. In addition, to take the portrait even further, the artist needs to see and begin to grasp the subtleties and depths of color and value relationships. To that end, she will explore these sensitivities and the mysteries of color and value that make flesh colors come alive.

There will be a special focus on personal critique for the individual student. Lectures and demonstrations will stress the specific fundamentals of painting, illustrated by works of significant artists, both past and present. To view Sprung's work, please visit

Date: April 5, 6, 7
Time: Friday, April 5: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7: 9 a.m. – Noon & 1– 4 p.m.
Ages: Adults
Supplies: List of needed supplies will be provided upon registration.
Fees: $300 Members / $350 Not-Yet Members (includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
Register by: Friday, March 22

Classes For Children:

Super Stars

Where do I find the Big Dipper? What planets are visible? What's happening with the sun today? Kids will have an opportunity to see stars of all sorts in this workshop. Participants will learn about the world's oldest science – astronomy – through activities meant to bring them closer to objects in the sky. Activities include building and using a sundial and a working star finder. We'll also visit the Koch Planetarium and safely view the sun with the Museum's Eykamp Solar Telescope! This class is taught by Dorothy and George Eykamp Science Director Mitch Luman.

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Age: 8 – 10 years old
Fees: $8 Members / $12 Not-Yet Members
Register by: Wednesday, March 13

Amazing Water

Water, water everywhere, but where does it come from and where does it go? Find out about the most important liquid on Earth as we study the many forms of water. In this workshop we will investigate the many interesting properties of this important molecule and perform some fun experiments to get to the bottom of the many properties of water. We will investigate what water is made of, how to fill a cup beyond its top and how to make an egg float. We'll also make a Cartesian Diver that students can take home. This class is taught by Mitch Luman, the Dorothy and George Eykamp Science Director. Note: This class takes place during the EVSC Spring Break.

Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 7 – 9 years old
Supplies: Provided in workshop
Fees: $8 members / $12 Not-Yet Members
Register by: Wednesday, March 20

Rocking The Science Of Our World

How did the earth beneath our feet get there? Through hands-on activities, retired science teacher and Museum Science Experiences Specialist Jim Price will teach kids how to identify the rocks and minerals that form Earth's outer covering, learn how to grow crystals. Examine ancient Indiana fossils, learn how they reveal the past, and make your own fossil to take home. Discover what makes a volcano explode by making your very own working volcano.

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 8 – 10 years old
Supplies: Provided in workshop
Fees: $8 Members / $12 Not-Yet Members
Register by: Wednesday, April 3

To register for a class, call the Evansville Museum at (812) 425-2406 ext. 226.

The museum says payments must be received on or before the registration deadline. Registration is guaranteed when payment is received.

If a class is canceled by the Museum, registration fees will be refunded.

In the event a student must cancel the registration, he/she must do so before the registration deadline in order to receive a refund.

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