Public Art Studio

Every second Saturday of the month, from February to April, Public Art of the University of Houston System hosts family-friendly art-making activities inspired by works in our permanent collection and temporary public art commissions. This interactive studio series is a fun and exciting program where artists of all ages can explore their own unique creative abilities and learn more about the public art on view at the University of Houston. Public Art Studio is typically held from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Wilhelmina’s Grove in the university’s Arts District. Debra Barrera, a local artist and Public Art’s education coordinator, facilitates the sessions. Activities suitable for ages 4 and up. 

This activity is inspired by Spencer Finch’s Back to Kansas (2015), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives.

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This activity is inspired by Sam Falls’ Untitled (Chimes) (2014), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field.

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This activity is inspired by Odili Donald Odita’s Negative Space (2019), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives.

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This activity is inspired by TYPOE’s Forms from Life (2019), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives. Much like TYPOE’s work, this activity inspires you to play with simples forms.

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This activity is inspired by Sarah Braman’s Here (2019), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives. Much like Braman’s work, this activity inspires you to think about the concept of transformation.

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This activity is inspired by Jeffie Brewer’s Bunny (2019), one of the works that was on view at the University of Houston as part of the temporary exhibition Color Field. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives. Much like Brewer’s whimsical works, this activity inspires your imagination. Create colorful paper bunnies and watch them take flight in the sky.

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This fun and colorful personal fan project mimics John Scott’s Prayer Meeting (1997), a work from Public Art’s permanent collection on view at the University of Houston-Downtown. The craft is made of simple household materials: cardboard or card stock, aluminum foil, glue, food coloring, and the handles can be either popsicle sticks or old nail files. The end result almost looks like stained glass or a precious metal.

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Teleidoscopes are just like Kaleidoscopes but they are open ended allowing the viewer to see the world in a fantastic array of patterns and shapes. Public Art Studio goers will have the chance to experience their home in a completely fun and new way. Go check out your world with new eyes.

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Learn about color theory, geometry, and spatial awareness with your family and give yourself some time to create a beautiful piece of art you can hang up in your room. Foldable Mobile is a great project for all ages and a wonderful opportunity to relax, create, and connect in these stressful times.

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Learn about color theory, additive color and Carlos Cruz-Diez with your family. These Chromo Color Spinners are a great project for all ages.

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