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. 

John Biggers Bayou Village| Studio Session

This activity is inspired by 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.

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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. This exhibition provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives.

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), 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.

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. 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.

Transformation Portals | Color Field Studio Session

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.

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. 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.

John Scott Fans | Studio Session

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.

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. 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.

Mobile | Studio Session

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.

Cruz-Diez Chromo Color Spinners | Studio Session

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