Afterschool Nature Art!¬

A boy is doing painting


Thursday, April 11, 2024
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Virginia MOCA

AGES 6–8
1–4 sessions
Instructors: James O’Connor and Renee Calway

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create artworks inspired by nature!

In this afterschool program, we’ll learn a new technique to create art with nature each week. Together, we’ll print, draw, and examine natural specimens, create our own nature journals, and work with up-cycled materials to produce earth-focused artworks. Join us for all sessions or pick just one!

Level: All levels welcome
Thursdays, April 11–May 2
4:00–6:00 PM
Members $30, Nonmembers $35 (per session)

Please register for each date you’d like to attend below:

April 11 →
April 18 →
April 25 →
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Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence for their own distinctive practices. They conduct intensive research, using allegory, dark humor, and popular culture to convey their message. Each subverts the authority and objectivity of museums of art and natural history. They ground their studio practice in science and close observation but present it as theater.

The title, “Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” holds various meanings, including mythic abodes, archaeology, Earth’s subsurface, and unconscious beliefs about nature. Dion and Rockman reflect on our culture’s harmful course, balancing the wonder and woe of nature’s condition.

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld was curated by Suzanne Ramljak Chief Curator of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and organized by the American Federation of Arts.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024