First Art: Clay Fossils¬

A little girl making impressions in a small slab of brown clay.


Saturday, March 16, 2024
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Virginia MOCA


Ages 2–5 (with caregiver)
1 session
Instructor: Bria Tyler

Class full; please join waitlist.

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create fossils of plants and animals out of clay! We will press objects into slabs of clay in order to preserve an impression of the object.

All artworks created during this class will be glazed, kiln-fired, and treasured for years to come. Museum staff will contact you when your final artwork is ready for pickup!

*A caregiver, parent, or guardian must be present for the duration of this class

Saturday, March 16
10:30–11:30 AM
Members $30, Nonmembers $35


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