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Teen Takeover III Now Accepting Applications!

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CALLING ALL 8TH–12TH GRADE ARTISTS

Auburn’s art museum is looking for 8th through 12th grade students to transform our gallery space. Museum educators will be there to help, but you are calling the shots! Teens this year will take on the task of responding to selected works in the JCSM collection in a project that will include both curated and created objects all built around a theme of animals and human interaction. We’ll give you the space and supplies. You’ll give us an exhibition unlike anything created before!

Teen Takeover participants will spend Spring Break in workshops creating works of art, framing and matting works, writing didactic materials, and installing objects.

The exhibition of the works from the JCSM collection will open to the public in February 11, 2017, close for a week of reinstallation, and reopen with participant-created works on March 27. The exhibition, with the addition of the works created in the Teen Takeover program will be open to the public March 27-April 30. Spaces are limited. Applications will be accepted starting Friday, December 16, 2016 (required) and will close Friday, February 3, 2017.

Applicants will be reviewed by the K-12 education staff and contacted by Friday, February 10.

$20 payment due onsite on Monday, March 13 (cash, check, or credit card payment accepted). Make checks payable to JCSM and note “Teen Takeover” in the memo line. Permission Forms (PDF) can be found on the JCSM website. Please fill out all of the forms and bring them with you along with payment. A parent/legal guardian must sign all forms for participants under the age of 19.

Experience the outcome during a special presentation for our community March 27 through April 30, 2017.

The “Teen Takeover” program and exhibition is supported in part by a charitable gift from Dr. Blue Brawner and PetVet Animal Health Center. Materials for the Teen Takeover program were generously donated by J&M Bookstore. This year, JCSM and the JCSM Teen Council have partnered with Storybook Farm, offering Teen Takeover participants the opportunity to donate artwork for an auction benefiting the farm’s mission. For more information about Storybook Farm, visit their website.

Teen Takeover III Schedule

March 13: Day one of takeover. Students create works of art based on their pre-established plans, working from 10am-4:45pm (break for lunch), in the Grand Gallery.

March 14: Continued work on art-making.

March 15: Curatorial choices, including specifics about presentation and installation. Matting and framing workshop. Continued work on art-making.

March 16: Label writing workshop. Continued framing and matting.

March 17: Completion day, finishing all works of art, matting and framing works on paper, final polish and presentation on sculpture and other media. Installation of most works, with precise plans on how to install the remaining objects. (note: this day is optional if all work is completed)

Important Dates

December 16 2016–January 27 2017:

applications accepted

March 13–March 17:

Teen Takeover program

March 27-April 17:

Teen Takeover exhibition open to the public

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Apply using the form below, and make sure to check this page for news and updates about the Teen Takeover program!

Plan a Field Trip to JCSM!

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As 2017 gets underway, consider making the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art part of your school year!

Our mission is to bring the arts to our community. We invite classes, community groups, clubs and organizations, and other groups of school-aged children to visit our museum for a guided tour led by trained museum educators and docents.

Exploring the galleries with a docent offers amazing learning opportunities for your students to engage with art, discover more about artists and their processes, and have meaningful discussions about the arts and their relevance. Our docents work to engage students in casual dialogue, encouraging peer discussion, critical thinking, and hands-on analysis.

The arts are an integral part of all cultures, and JCSM educators are eager to explore the relationships of artists and their historical context with your class. Guided tours offer a wealth of relevant information based on the interests of each group. Below is some information about our fall exhibitions to help you plan your visit.

Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone is Mad Here

Exhibition Dates:

January 21—April 30, 2017
Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C

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Camera Lucida

Exhibition Dates:

Aug. 27, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017
Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C

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1072 Society Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:

Nov. 5, 2016 to Jan.29, 2017
Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Gallery

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Audubon Inspirations: Prints by Jane E. Goldman

Exhibition Dates:

Nov. 5, 2016 to Jan.29, 2017
Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Gallery

Guided visits are recommended for students who are at or above pre-k level and last about an hour. Groups are free to explore the Museum on their own after the tour.

Group Size
We ask that groups have no more than 75 students per visit, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are available at any time during our museum hours listed below. While the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, tours may still be scheduled in advance for university and K-12 classes.

All guided tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance. You may schedule a tour by contacting our tour coordinator by e-mail or call 334-844-3486

K–12 Studio Art Programs

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is pleased to offer art-making activities to supplement in-gallery tours and discussions. After exploring and discussing the works on view, students have the opportunity to take part in related hands-on lessons lead by members of the museum’s education staff. These activities serve to provide a personal tangible art experience for our young learners and encourage material exploration and problem solving.

  • K–12 Studio Art Programs can accommodate a maximum of thirty students
  • $50 per workshop
  • The museum provides all necessary materials and staff members to facilitate the lessons

12-hour “Takeover” in less than a minute

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On Monday, May 23, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., 18 students in grades eight through 12 produced artwork for “Teen Takeover.” Watch 12 hours of work edited down to less than a minute, and experience the exhibition May 26 through May 27 and May 31 through June 5.

The “Teen Takeover” program and exhibition is supported in part by a charitable gift from J&M Bookstore, Inc.

Meet the Winners of the Juried Teen Exhibition “SpringBoard”

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“SpringBoard” is a juried exhibition hosted by JCSM and the JCSM Teen Council for 8th-12th graders featuring physical, originally created 2-D and 3-D artwork. The theme for accepted artwork is “Spring, ” including any related concepts. The jury selected and announced ten winning artists during the SpringBoard event on April 15. Highlights of the event included: the exhibition of winning work, hands-on activity stations, music, a photo booth, and catered refreshments. In addition to prizes, the winning artists of “SpringBoard” were automatically invited to participate in this year’s “Teen Takeover,” skipping the application process.

The SpringBoard event was hosted by the JCSM Teen Council with support from the museum’s education staff. SpringBoard was made possible through a generous donation by Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Ursula’s Catering.

Meet the Winners of “SpringBoard”

Best in Show: Alexandra Combs, Auburn High School
1st Place: Juyoung Kim, Auburn High School
2nd Place: Arden Torres, Auburn High School
3rd Place: Jessica Zhu, Auburn High School

Honorable Mention: Shannon Brevard, Auburn High School
Honorable Mention: Juyoung Kim, Auburn High School
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Clardy, Lee-Scott Academy
Honorable Mention: Arden Torres, Auburn High School
Honorable Mention: Gigi Casadaban, Lee-Scott Academy
Honorable Mention: Jessica Zhu, Auburn High School

Teen Exhibition Now Calling for Submissions!

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CALLING ALL 8TH–12TH GRADE ARTISTS IN LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA

Submit your work to be a part of a juried exhibition hosted by JCSM and the JCSM Teen Council. The exhibition is open to all physical, originally created 2-D AND 3-D artwork. The theme for accepted artwork is “Spring” including any related concepts.

Ten winning artists will be selected by our jury and will win prizes and have their work and artists’ statements displayed at JCSM on the night of SpringBoard (the event). Additionally, these ten winners will be automatically invited to participate in this year’s Teen Takeover event (skipping the application process).

The SpringBoard event will be held the night of April 15. During this time, parents are invited to join the teens for refreshments and the announcement of winners (specific place rankings) and prizes. Highlights of the event include: the exhibition of winning work, hands-on activity stations, music, a photo booth, and catered refreshments.

The SpringBoard event is hosted by the JCSM Teen Council with support from the museum’s education staff. SpringBoard was made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Bob Ekelund.

Important Dates

March 1–April 1 Deadline Extended to April 6:
Submissions accepted via jcsm.auburn.edu/springboard

April 15, 6–8 p.m.:
SpringBoard (the event)

Accepted Media

Drawing
Painting
Sculpture
Printmaking
Photography

Submit your works of art below, and make sure to check this page for news and updates about the exhibition and event!

Auburn Studio Project 2016

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Auburn Studio Project is a community art education program for 7th graders at Drake Middle School. Many thanks to our partners, supporters and collaborators.

The program is organized by Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University with generous support from a K-12 Arts Education Outreach Grant, and tremendous support from the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, which is part of the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.

Special thanks to:

Becky Richardson, City of Auburn Parks and Recreation
Marilyn Laufer, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Cristen Herring, Auburn City Schools
Duriel Barlow, Drake Middle School
Robin Kiefer, Drake Middle School
Sarah Armstrong, Drake Middle School
All of the attentive students!
Arts education is a community effort. The staff at Drake Middle School and Auburn City Schools demonstrate their commitment to teaching children about art through their continued support of ASP.

The Auburn Studio Project strives to demonstrate authentic connections for deepening student learning and understanding. Each of these workshops offers a unique perspective into the world of art, emphasizing technique, dialogue, and context. The arts are an important element in each of our lives, encouraging our ability to communicate, learn new skills, and solve problems.

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What is Auburn Studio Project?

ASP is a really cool event that happens every year for students your age to explore new concepts in a day-long workshop that includes visiting a museum to see works of art, making works of art, and collaborating with others to better understand the world we live in.

During the day we will talk about things you see and make, which will include art on view at JCSM and making works of art yourself.

Click the other links below to find out more about this year’s ASP and about what it means to be involved.

what to expect at asp

What are we doing?

On the morning of February 29th, you and your classmates will catch a bus and head to Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University. While there, we will look at some exhibitions on view, including works created by the Auburn University art faculty and selections from our permanent collection. On this website, you can learn more about looking at art, and more about the works of art on view.

The schedule of the day will look like this:

8:45 – Arrive at JCSM and break into groups
9:00 – Begin touring the museum and making art!
11:55 – Lunch break
12:25 – Continue tours and hands-on activities
1:45 – Return to school

It’s going to be a fun day, but to make it the best possible experience for you, please remember these hints:

  • The works of art are delicate and clean, so please don’t touch them.
  • Talking about art requires carefully listening to your classmates, and being part of the conversation yourself. Everyone has an important contribution to make.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the galleries, and when we have lunch, please help clean up afterwards.
  • Making art with your friends means being a part of the team. Work collaboratively, with respect for your classmates.

meet the artists

The Department of Art and Art History at Auburn University is a vibrant community of artists and scholars who not only teach, they actively pursue their own art and research. Success of the department’s mission to foster learning in an environment of experimentation, innovation, creative inquiry, and critical thinking is demonstrated yearly in the distinctive work of its student body and graduates.
This triennial exhibition, featuring permanent studio faculty, adjunct instructors, and studio technical staff, is another vital expression of the faculty’s commitment and offers students the chance to observe directly the close relationship between classroom activity and creative practice. Moreover, the exhibition provides the larger community an insider’s look at significant art being produced at Auburn yet seen more often in venues outside the area. Showcasing recent paintings, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, digital imagery, and other media, the exhibition reveals the breadth of interests and investigations by the Department of Art and Art History’s diverse studio faculty and staff. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which highlights recent activity of the department’s art historians in addition to the exhibiting artists.

collaborative art and exhibitions

This page is currently under construction. Check back soon for updates and information!

looking at art

Seeing and Understanding

What does it mean to really see something? Is it different than just looking at something? What’s the difference between a glance, a gaze, a look, and seeing?

The faculty artists and OOTB sculptors all have very different ways of looking at the world around them, which is reflected in their individual works of art. While at first glance many of these artists seem as though they could not be further apart in their artistic focus and ideals, the content of many of the works on view in both exhibitions can be connected to a deep personal reflection and a desire to convey a meaningful narrative or experience to the viewer.

The world around us

The world we live in is filled with interesting textures, details, shapes, and lines that are exciting to look at. Finding and describing beauty is the focus of aesthetics. To have an aesthetic sense, a person can define what they like to look at, and why they find certain visual stimuli appealing.

Each person has a unique aesthetic style. Some people love the deliberate realism and inherent documentation in artistic media like photography and realistic drawing and painting, while others prefer the more free-spirited or organic, colorful works of art that may have no discernable subject, but still somehow cause the viewer to react to the work. What are some characteristics of your aesthetic? Do you enjoy complex images, or do you prefer minimalism with simple geometric shapes and forms? Colorful things, or monochromatic objects? These are all important parts of your personal taste, and all require careful looking in order to define them. After careful reflection, you may find that both styles are visually appealing in their own unique ways.

Looking at Art

Looking at art means having an experience with the works on view. This takes time. When you were younger, it was fine to just say you liked this, that, or the other, but as you develop your aesthetic sense, you’ll want to start considering the reasons you like certain styles of art. You’ll also find that each person has a unique perspective when they look at works of art.

When looking at a new work of art, there are two aspects that we, as viewers, should keep in mind. There are the things that we actually see, and then there is the historical context and underlying personal or societal relationships at work.

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#NOFRAME

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?At this time, #NOFRAME is closed for additional submissions of artwork. If you are a student who has submitted artwork to #NOFRAME, please check the e-mail you provided, as well as the JCSM website, for updates and the announcement of winners!?

CALLING ALL 6TH–12TH GRADERS IN LEE COUNTY ALABAMA WORKING IN DIGITAL ART:

Submit your work to be a part of an online juried exhibition hosted by JCSM. Juried by retired Auburn City Schools art teachers Monteigne Mathison and Betsy Logan, and Jessye McDowell, Assistant Professor of Art and Exhibitions and Lectures Coordinator, Auburn University Department of Art and Art History.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Dec. 1–Jan. 1 Jan. 10th :

Submissions accepted via jcsm.auburn.edu/noframe

Feb. 1:

Exhibition opens and winners announced

ACCEPTED MEDIA:

Digital photography

Digital drawing, painting, and collage

Digital animation

CATEGORIES:

Two winners from each category will receive prizes and an overall Best in Show will be awarded.

6th–7th grade

8th–9th grade

10th–12th grade

Submit your works of art today using the form below!

Check this page for news and updates about the exhibition!

#NOFRAME is supported by a charitable gift from Cameragraphics, Inc. through the JCSM Business Partner program.

Plan a Field Trip to Your Museum!

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Make the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University part of your school year!

Our mission is to bring the arts to our community. We invite classes, community groups, clubs and organizations, and other groups of school-aged children to visit our museum for a guided tour led by trained museum educators and docents.

Exploring the galleries with a docent offers amazing learning opportunities for your students to engage with art, discover more about artists and their processes, and have meaningful discussions about the arts and their relevance. Our docents work to engage students in casual dialogue, encouraging peer discussion, critical thinking, and hands-on analysis.

The arts are an integral part of all cultures, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is proud to explore the relationships of artists and their historical context with your class. Guided tours offer a wealth of relevant information based on the interests of each group. Take a look at the current exhibition schedule to plan your visit.

Guided visits are recommended for students who are at or above pre-k level and last about an hour. Groups are free to explore the Museum on their own after the tour.

Group Size
We ask that groups have no more than 75 students per visit, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are available at any time during our museum hours listed below. While the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, tours may still be scheduled in advance for university and K-12 classes.

All guided tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance. You may schedule a tour by contacting our tour coordinator by e-mail or call 334-844-3486

K–12 Studio Art Programs

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is pleased to offer art-making activities to supplement in-gallery tours and discussions. After exploring and discussing the works on view, students have the opportunity to take part in related hands-on lessons lead by members of the museum’s education staff. These activities serve to provide a personal tangible art experience for our young learners and encourage material exploration and problem solving.

  • K–12 Studio Art Programs can accommodate a maximum of thirty students
  • $50 per workshop
  • The museum provides all necessary materials and staff members to facilitate the lessons

 

 

 

Kids come create on the weaving station!

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Programming for June is related to our current summer exhibition Between the Black and Caspian Seas: Antique Rugs from the Caucasus, Selections from the Collection of Larry Gerber.

The kids area, found right outside the grand gallery includes a station to practice their very own weaving! Use the scraps of t-shirts for the big loom (it’s easier), and the smaller pieces of yarn for the warp threads that are closer together (it’s a little harder).

Below we have a step by step picture tutorial of how to get started!

Step 1:

Tighten the weaving. Be sure to use the beater towards you rather than pulling the yarn horizontally (this prevents your weaving from swooping in in the middle).

Step 2:

Make two rows of weft (which can be found in the image above). Weave the thread over and under each warp (the vertical threads).

Step 3:

Keep threading the weft in an over and under pattern.

Step 4:

Pull the weft all the way through, make sure to complete two rows! Once your wefts are done, it’s time to choose your colors! Be creative and make whatever pattern you want!

Step 5:

We chose to do a symmetrical knot, which is used extensively in Turkey and Transcaucasia (Example B found above). First, place the piece of t-shirt or yarn over and around two of the vertical threads (warps). Next, wrap both ends under and through the two warps, looping towards yourself.

Step 5 (Cont.):

Here is the same step as the photo above, but from a different angle.

Step 6:

Tighten the knot you made around the warps. Continue to place your knots. Once the row is complete, repeat steps 1-6! You can add to what others have made already, and someone else will add to what you’ve made!

Life imitates art (museum): Elementary students recreate JCSM

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It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; in that case, the staff of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University (JCSM) couldn’t be more delighted.

Before wrapping up school for the summer, first grade students at Auburn Early Education Center (AEEC) created a replica of the museum in their classrooms—complete with grand entrance, artwork, and even a museum shop. Museum staff toured this “mini-JCSM” along with students, teachers, parents, and guardians.

Chandelier

Jamie Mitchell, a first grade teacher in the “Blue Pod” at AEEC, said her students chose Auburn as a theme for this year. “Their first project was a working post office, and then they wanted to learn about Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art,” she said. Mitchell said through inquiry-based learning, problem solving, and research, students chose the projects on which they wanted to work. “They wanted to make the entrance with bricks, sign, reflecting pool and the sculptures, Spinoff and Amber Luster Chandelier. The students hung labels of what they’ve learned throughout the exhibition, and today they are acting as guides for the exhibition.”

MuseumViewer Rising second-grader Katarina Vazsonyi worked on the brick replicas of travertine stone. “I wanted to show my mom,” she said. “I will come back to the museum.” Katarina’s mom, Andrea, said she thought the children’s work was amazing, citing the reproduction of “Amber Luster Chandelier” by Dale Chihuly. The students wrote about the artist and his assistants, how many pieces made up the sculpture, and how many days it took to install the sculpture. “Kids can learn so much through practical work and creativity,” said Andrea Vazsonyi. “I think it is very important.”

Museum director Marilyn Laufer was equally impressed. “I think that more than anything else for me, I realized that what we do does in fact have an enormous effect on the creative capacity of the children in this community,” she said. “The children remembered their experiences here and the names of our education curators. As far as effective outreach, I think we hit a home run.”

 

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