Adult Programs

The Stark Museum of Art offers a wide range of programs for adults including lectures, tours, gallery conversations, studio workshops, and more throughout the year. For a full list of offerings, see below.

Insights Lunch & Looks and Lectures

Insights Lunch & Looks and Lectures are a special series presented by Curator Sarah E. Boehme and guest speakers on subjects related to the Stark Museum of Art’s collection. This series provides visitors the opportunity to engage deeply with artists and works of art in the collection.

These programs are facilitated live through Zoom at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, TX. Participants are encouraged to download Zoom prior to the event. For more information, including tutorials for using Zoom, please visit the Resources page on the Zoom website.

All live programs will be recorded and available at a later date at the button below and Stark Art & History YouTube channel.

Upcoming Programs

Jan Fyt (1611-1661), “Hounds Resting from the Chase,” c. 1650-1655, oil on canvas, 49 x 74 inches, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, 1974.1. Image courtesy of Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston. Photograph © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Join the Stark Museum of Art and Dr. James Clifton, Director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. (central daylight time) for Lunch & Look @ Home: The Hunting Dog, ‘that useful, that honest, that faithful, that disinterested, that entertaining animal.’ This special Lunch & Look @ Home will give participants the opportunity to explore the importance of the hunting dog in art as seen in the Stark Museum of Art’s special exhibition “A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.” Advanced registration is required for this FREE program. Registration will close on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (central daylight time).
 
Program participants will have the opportunity to hear directly from the special exhibition curator as he discusses representations of hunting dogs from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.  These works of art highlight the importance of dogs in the enjoyment of the hunting adventure and the success of the hunt.  
 
 “We are very pleased that the curator of the exhibition, James Clifton, will give this presentation.  We are also very grateful that the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation makes it possible for Dr. Clifton to participate in our programming.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about works of art in ‘A Noble Pastime,’” commented Sarah E. Boehme, Stark Museum of Art Curator.    
 
This Lunch & Look @ Home program will be facilitated live through Zoom from the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation in Houston, Texas. Participants are encouraged to download Zoom prior to the event. For more information, including tutorials for using Zoom, please visit the Resources page on the Zoom website
 
The live program will be recorded and available at a later date on the Stark Museum of Art website and Stark Art & History YouTube channel.
 
This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition “A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation” on view at the Stark Museum of Art through Saturday, April 8, 2023. 

Adult Studio Workshop

Create with confidence using Prismacolor Colored Pencils! Learn foundational skills for properly handling and using Prismacolor colored pencils to layer and build color. This three-week workshop will provide the fundamental skills needed to use Prismacolor pencils skillfully and will deepen your love of art. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

All materials needed for the workshop are included in the $50 materials fee, including a set of 36 Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils.

For more information, please contact rjohns@starkmuseum.org or call 409-886-2787, extension 3028.

Important Details:

·      Participants should use the 6th Street Entrance to the Walter G. Riedel III Education Center. Street parking is available along 6th street, or participants can use our parking lot across from the Education Center.

·      Classes begin promptly at their designated start time. Please arrive on time.

·      The museum’s studio can be cool, so we encourage you to consider bringing a sweater or jacket.

CREATE! Workshops

CREATE! Workshops are recommended for ages 8 and up and are designed to be multi-generational, but please note that younger children may require additional assistance from their accompanying grown-up. We encourage family collaboration during these workshops. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered for the workshop. Registrants will briefly discuss a selected collection item and then will appreciate art in a new way when they make their own art in the studio. Some CREATE! Workshop artwork must be fired in the kiln. Artwork will be available approximately three weeks after the class. Please check with your teaching artists to confirm your pick-up dates.

CREATE! Workshops have a $5 or $10 material fee per registrant, depending on the supplies used in the workshop. Space is limited to 20 people per session including children and adults – all attendees must register.

Upcoming Workshops

Learn about the printmaking process and discover how to print without a printing press on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.!  View etchings and prints of animals in our special exhibit A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. Then create your own printing plate, learn the press method, and produce several prints of your own animal design at the CREATE! Workshop: Printmaking without a Press. All materials are included in the $5 material fee CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up

Create using only painted dots at the February 25, 2023 CREATE! Workshop: Abstract Dot Art from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Participants will create a small dot design on a polished rock and then paint a larger design on a 6×6 canvas.  All materials will be included with the $5 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Draw a landscape using only lines at the CREATE! Workshop: Guided Pen & Ink Drawing on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Our teaching artist will guide you step by step in the process of creating a graphic black and white line drawing. All materials are included in the $5 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Transform a white coffee mug into an object that reflects your personality during our CREATE! Workshop: Painting with Porcelain Pens on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All materials are included in the $10 material fee.  CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Learn the clay cane technique to make orange slices!  We will create a long Model Magic tube, or cane, with an orange pattern and then we will slice them up to use in a bowl design during our CREATE! Workshop: Orange Slice Design Bowl on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All materials are included in the $5 material fee.  CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Slow Art Viewing

Slow Art Viewing encourages the viewer to look carefully at works of art. On average, museum visitors spend less than eight seconds viewing any given work of art. The Slow Art method counteracts that tendency by encouraging the viewer to look at a few works of art for ten minutes each. This empowers the viewer to take control over the viewing experience and to make discoveries. You do not need special knowledge or training to enjoy and appreciate art. You bring your own perceptions and experiences to bear.