Ceramics: Organic Shapes!¬

A young girl molding a piece of clay. An upside down bowl is laying on a piece of newspaper.


Saturday, June 1, 2024
12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Virginia MOCA


CLASS FULL! Please join waitlist.

2 Sessions
Instructor: Michelle Truslow

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create water-inspired ceramic artworks with your loved ones!

In this two-part workshop, we’ll experiment with creating organic shapes from clay using a slab roller and engage with an exciting paint-pouring technique with glaze to create a watercolor effect.

Inspired by nature and the movement of water, we’ll lean into elements of science and surprise as we make a collection of beautiful food-grade snack plates to enjoy with the whole family!

This family workshop encourages the creative exploration of materials and is open to school-age children and their accompanying adult. All participants (adults and children) must register.

No prior experience is required. All artworks created during this class will be kiln-fired and treasured for years to come. Museum staff will contact you when your final artwork is ready for pickup.

Level: All levels welcome
Saturdays, June 1–8
12:30–2:30 PM
Members $65, Nonmembers $80


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