First Art: Printing with Plants¬

Art creations hanging by clothes pins on a corkboard wall.


Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Virginia MOCA


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

Registration full; please join waitlist.

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create colorful prints of plants!

Together, we’ll learn how to create prints with leaves and other natural materials using Gelli plates. Gelli plate printing with nature is a fun and easy technique that lets us get outside to find beautiful textures. This printing method results in colorful, texture-filled, and one-of-a-kind prints that will be sure to excite and amaze adults and children alike.

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

Saturday, February 17
10:30–11:30 AM
Members $15, Nonmembers $20


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