Slow Art & Mindfulness
All sessions are open to all.
Please note: Starting July 2018, Slow Art & Mindfulness is free with the purchase of General Admission. Pricing reflects General Admission.
Join us as we use art and guided meditation to connect to the moment and create a deeper understanding of artworks once per month. Take a little extra time to look, listen and relax your mind with our teams of museum educators and mindfulness guides.
Presented in partnership with Hospice of the Valley, each session focuses on one work of art in the Museum, blending guided mindfulness practice with a deeper reflection of an individual artwork. Each week, we will explore a different artwork on view.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 by physicist Jon Kabat-Zinn. Scientific studies show the practice of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and stress and actually change the way you feel, think, work and play by opening new pathways in the brain.
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10:30am includes material appropriate for ages 4-7
2:00pm includes material appropriate for ages 8-12
Get a close-up look at a special exhibition, participate in conversations in the galleries, and create a work of art to take home. Taught by museum educators, Family Workshops offer children and adults the opportunity to explore the Museum and the creative process together.
Ticket includes resources, appetizers & Museum admission.
Space is limited.
A Wednesday evening professional development series for educators.
Open to all educators, no art background required. Discover techniques for integrating art into your classroom learning, hear from local arts professionals, enjoy special tours of Museum exhibitions, and network while enjoying hands-on learning in a fun, casual atmosphere (with snacks!).
Special thanks to William Randolph Hearst Foundation for generously sponsoring educator events at Phoenix Art Museum.
Participants must read the book in advance. Please inform firstname.lastname@example.org of any cancellations.
THE FAMILY FANG by Kevin Wilson
Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous performance artist parents, Caleb and Camille. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade and surrounded by the souvenirs of their unusual upbringing, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood.
“The Family Fang is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family….The best single word description would be brilliant.” —Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto
“It’s The Royal Tenenbaums meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I’d call The Family Fang a guilty pleasure, but it’s too damn smart….A total blast.” —Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates Will Find Their Way
In this two-hour workshop, we will be discussing some of the basics on scripting Arabic Calligraphy, while also stepping outside of the traditional boundaries through Calligraffiti. We will be going over the structural process, the different forms, and the creative process that stems from within, in addition to conversation in the galleries. Upon completion, participants will produce an artwork and be given study material for home practice.
Please note that this workshop is geared towards an adult (17+) audience.
What is Calligraffiti?
Calligraffiti merges the traditions of calligraphy with the modern art of graffiti. This hybrid art form draws inspiration from time-honored techniques while simultaneously breaking the rules of composition and form. The artist’s style of handwriting and their unique approach to composing words makes calligraffiti something altogether new.
Mario Garcia is a Mexican-American Islamic artist best known for his use of Arabic characters. He uses form, figures, and shapes to amplify the majesty of the ancient script. With over 9 years of experience, he has managed to transcend the boundaries of language, while always drawing inspiration from Islamic art. His primary medium is acrylic paint on canvas, but he excels in mural production and on-the-spot live painting as well. He often takes a multidimensional approach with his structure, to invoke a deeper level of involvement in the observer. His style is known as Calligraffiti which is a modern twist on a form of art that dates back to the 7th century. His purpose is to keep this ancient script alive and thriving, in a way that everyone can appreciate and connect to, even if they have no ties to the culture or language.
Follow Mario’s work on Instagram @qlmdesigns.