Fall weather is finally here. Pumpkins, apple cider, crunchy leaves, and Halloween decorations are some of my favorite things about this time of year. For many at the Museum, post- Birds in Art opening is a time for end of year slowdown, but in the education department, things are ramping up. With school tours, outreach, reinvented programming, and an artist residency in full swing, fellow Museum educator Emily Fritz and I have a full calendar.
With the completion of the Museum’s Glass Box Studio earlier this year, October has been the month I have been eagerly anticipating. Last week, we welcomed Milwaukee-based painter Ariana Vaeth to our campus for the Woodson’s longest residency yet – nearly a month! Over the course of the next few weeks, Ariana will be engaging with students, visitors, and workshop participants during various program offerings. She will teach painting and composition techniques during a three-part evening workshop on Tuesdays, a weekend workshop focused on portraiture, and share insights behind her painting practice during Open Studio Sessions on Thursdays.
Ariana has already demonstrated drawing techniques with fourth and fifth graders during their school tours at the Museum. In fact, she asked both students and teachers to model for her as she completed drawings in real time! Ariana’s enthusiasm for art making is contagious and I hope you can find time in your schedule to visit the Museum and take advantage of our exciting fall programming to enrich your creative senses. Maybe I can convince Ariana to dress up for season and enjoy some fall festivities while she’s here.