Monday, June 28, 2010


Are you looking for something fun and educational to do this summer with your family AND for free? I know I am and was so exited when the new "The Getty" newsletter arrived in my mailbox.  I forgot completely about the summer programs they offer. Here is what is happening this summer for kids/families.

Garden Concerts for Kids:
The summertime tradition returns with another great lineup of kids' music! Don't miss this free concert series in the Central Garden for kids and their families, featuring some of the best children's musicians from across the nation. 

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, August 7 & 8, 14 & 15, and 21 & 22, 2010
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

Art Adventures for Families 

Get creative with Art Adventures, a one-hour gallery program that's part tour, part art lesson, and part family teamwork. You'll join a small group led by a gallery teacher, who will introduce you to a handful of artworks revolving around a theme, such as portraits or artists as storytellers.

Working as a team, your family will use what you see to tackle fun, hands-on drawing, writing, or drama projects that help you look closely and think creatively about works of art. Whether you sketch royalty or script your own dramatic performances, you'll come away with your own artistic treasure.

How to Participate
Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 1:30 p.m. on days when Art Adventures is offered. The program is geared for families with children ages 5 and up. 

There are so many programs to choose from. For more information and more insight to what The Getty has going on this summer go to and click on Museum.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bravo’s WORK OF ART The Next Great Artists

About a year or so ago I heard a rumor that they were casting for this new show Sara Jessica Parker was involved in creating.  A show based on artists. As and artist I was immediately intrigued yet totally skeptical too. It could be totally cheesy ya know, however, upon watching I think I really like it. What do you think?

I love these types of shows; reality shows where they put people’s skills to the test, in an arena that is their specialty. (Top Design, the Next Design Star, Top Chef, etc.,) Each challenge pushing them selves to create something in a time constrained event. Ugh, that would be the hardest part, being limited to time. 

So far the challenges have been interesting. I love this latest one (episode 3) “Judging a Book By Its Cover, the contestants are ask to create an innovative cover art for a classic novel to be judged by author and artist Jonathan Santlofer. I was trying to imagine which book title I would have picked and what I would have created. I would have loved to have chosen “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Which book would you have hoped to pick? What would you have created? 

Here is the winner …… John and his cover art that was selected. The Time Machine by HG Wells for Penguin Books.

Of course, as with every realty type show there are people you like and easily dislike. People you come to root for and ones you can’t wait for the judges to see what you see and give them the boot. I thought the judges were accurate in sending Judith home; I wasn’t getting any of the work she created so far on the show. Do you think the voted the right person off? 

To see the all the works from episode three go to work: Bravo TV