Explore Art Using Five Senses at the Free Family Day at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

EUGENE, Ore. -- (May 9, 2018) - The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon invites families to spend a day at the museum enjoying free activities at “Exploring Art Through the Senses” on Saturday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m.  This free family day will be filled with art activities for children of all ages and each activity will highlight one of the five senses.


“Family Day will encourage people to explore art making beyond just sight,” say Hannah Bastian, JSMA Museum Educator for Studio Programs and Special Events. “Activities will incorporate sound and scent to create new works of art and experience the museum in a new way.”


Art making activities include watercolor painting and making textured maps, tissue paper sun catchers, and pop-up cards. Parked on the north side of JSMA, between the museum and Chapman Hall, will be Imagination International’s Artie the Art Bus, in which families can create additional art activities. 


Performances throughout the day include storytelling with Cynthia Olsen from the Eugene Public Library reading Bob Raczka’s book “More than Meets the Eye Seeing Art With All Five Senses”; “The Tiger and the Monk,” a puppet performance by the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre; and “Fantastical Fairy Tales,” a special performance by Ballet Fantastique showcasing lighthearted takes on traditional fairy tales.


The public is also invited to attend the young artist reception for the 11th Annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition, at 11 a.m. the same day.


Family Day is sponsored by the Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment and Imagination International Inc.


Schedule of Events
11 – noon                               NewArt Northwest Kids Exhibition Artist Reception

Art Activities

12 – 3 pm
Watercolor painting
Textured maps
Tissue paper sun catchers
Pop up cards
Creating texture with Copic Markers on Artie the Art Bus



12:30-12:50 p.m.
Story Time with Cynthia Olsen, Eugene Public Library
Book: More than Meets the Eye Seeing Art With All Five Sense by Bob Raczka


1-1:30 p.m.
Dragon Puppet Theater performs The Tiger and the Monk


1:30-2 p.m.

Museum Highlights Tour


2-2:50 p.m.
Ballet Fantastique performs Fantastical Fairy Tales


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Americas as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums—and the only academic art museum-- in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,


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