Public Art Studio

Public Art UHS hosts virtual and in-person family-friendly art-making activities inspired by works in our permanent collection, exhibitions, and temporary public art projects. 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 throughout the University of Houston System. Debra Barrera, a local artist and Public Art’s teaching artist, facilitates the sessions. Activities suitable for ages 4 and up. 

Bayou Village | Studio Session

This activity is inspired by Dr. John Biggers’ Salt Marsh (1997), on view at University of Houston-Downtown. Design your own row home or bayou building using familiar pantry items as the base for your creations.

Thaumatrope | Color Field Studio Session

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.  

Chimes | Color Field Studio Session

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.

Flags | Color Field Studio Session

This activity is inspired by Odili Donald Odita’s Negative Space (2019),  a work that was originally part of the temporary exhibition Color Field but remains on long-term view at the University of Houston.

Playscapes | Color Field Studio Session

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. Much like TYPOE’s work, this activity inspires you to play with simples forms.

Transformation Portals | Color Field Studio Session

Transformation Portals are inspired by Sarah Braman’s Here (2019), a work that was originally part of the temporary exhibition Color Field but remains on long-term view at the University of Houston. Much like Braman’s work, this activity inspires you to think about the concept of transformation.

 

Flying Bunnies | Color Field Studio Session

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. Much like Brewer’s whimsical works, the Flying Bunnies craft piques your imagination. Create colorful paper bunnies and watch them take flight in the sky.

Fans | Studio Session

This fun and colorful personal fan project mimics John Scott’s Prayer Meeting (1997), on view at the University of Houston-Downtown. The craft is made of simple household materials but the end result resembles stained glass or a precious metal.

Teleidoscope Binoculars | Studio Session

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. Inspired by Marta Chilindron’s Mobius Houston (2019), this activity encourages you to check out your world with new eyes.

Mobile | Studio Session

Learn about color theory, geometry, and spatial awareness with your family. This Foldable Mobile activity draws inspiration from Jacob Hashimoto’s Cloud Deck (2010, UHD) and Remembering Next Summer (2015, UH) by Aaron Parazette. Give yourself some time to create a beautiful piece of art you can hang in any room.  

Chromo Color Spinners | Studio Session

Learn about color theory, additive color and Carlos Cruz-Diez with your family. Inspired by his Double Physichromie (2009), on view at the University of Houston, these Chromo Color Spinners are a great project for all ages.