Powerful portraits abound at the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday event
, from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, April 4. Inspired by the exhibition Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton, a survey of paintings that includes the artist’s friends and personal heroes from the worlds of art, music, fashion, and politics, the day’s events include an art-making activity creating profiles in paint; a four-part portrait-making activity all about you; a story reading of Karen Beaumont’s book I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!; a screening of short films starring daring young girls and a vain warthog; a family photo opportunity; a gallery adventure to learn more about the paintings of Elizabeth Peyton; and a one-person performance by David Harris, who dreams about what he wants to be when he grows up.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Saturday, April 4, 10 am–3 pm, Free
Story Time: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow, 10:30 am
Listen to a tale of paint gone wild as a little boy unsuccessfully tries to curtail his creative curiosities.
Art-making for the Entire Family: Profile in Paint, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Using an overhead projector, oil pastels, and watercolor paints, transform your own profile into a wash of colorful brushstrokes.
Art-making for the Entire Family: 4-Part Portrait, 10 am–3 pm
Combine different media to make images about things you like to do, your favorite season, your family, and your hopes for the future. Led by artist-instructor Melinda McCannell-Unger.
Film: Because You’re Gorgeous by Brent Dawes, 10 am–3 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
Watch how one warthog’s vanity gets the better of him in this animated short. 2007, DVD, 5 minutes.
Gallery Activity: Famous Faces, 10 am–3 pm
Take a trip through the exhibition Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton with a gallery activity sheet filled with drawing, writing, and seek-and-find activities related to the artists’ paintings.
Family Photobooth: Caught in Color, 11 am–2 pm
Bazinet Garden Lobby
Get your family photo taken in front of a colorful backdrop and then see it online on the Walker’s Flickr account.
Film: Identity Shorts, 11 am–3 pm
These witty films prove that being yourself is a journey, not a destination.
No Bikini by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
A 7-year-old girl discovers the freedom that comes with not wearing a bikini. 2007, DVD, 9 minutes.
Hair We Are by Daniella Blechner
Two young Afro-Caribbean girls discuss how hair is a form of self-expression. 2007, DVD, 6 minutes
Performance: What I Want to Be When I Grow Up!, 11 am and 1 pm
Follow the incredible acrobatic adventures of a would-be superhero, a professional bowler, and a lasso-slinging cowboy in this one-person show starring David Harris. Presented by Dreamland Arts.