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Art Connections Workshops for Adults: Sweet Heat and Elemental Balance - February 2011

Art Connections Workshops for Adults: Sweet Heat and Elemental Balance - February 2011
??Art Connections Workshops for Adults: Sweet Heat
And Elemental Balance
February and March 2011
9:30 am–12:30 pm

Exploratorium Founder Frank Oppenheimer once said that science and art both “expand our awareness and sensitivity to what is happening in nature, and in ourselves.” In that spirit, the Exploratorium is offering new adult workshops that foster a personal connection with science to inspire the creation of art.  They are Art Connections Workshops for Adults: Sweet Heat on February 13 and 17, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm and Elemental Balance on March 13 and 17, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm. Connections Workshops are $25 for members and $35 for non-members (pre-registration required). For more information, or to become an Exploratorium member, please visit

In Connections Workshops, you’ll  start off by delving into science using Exploratorium exhibits to conduct quick experiments. Then, you’ll learn some basic techniques for using an alternative art material before being set free to work your artistic magic. Connections Workshops are appropriate for all levels of science and art experience. The schedule is as follows:

Sweet Heat
Sunday, February 13, 2011 and Thursday, February 17, 2011
9:30 am–12:30 pm

Adding heat to materials causes them to melt, boil and even explode. Thermal metaphors are also applied to people—from being “hot-blooded” to having a “meltdown.” After considering the scientific impacts of heat, explore what it means to you. Learn how to make a glass-like material by bringing sugar to a boil. Using this amber liquid, you’ll create a sweet-smelling work of ephemeral art.

Elemental Balance
Sunday, March 13, 2011 and Thursday, March 17, 2011
9:30 am–12:30 pm

There is a superstition that a raw egg can only be balanced on its end during the Vernal Equinox. With the first day of spring approaching, it’s the perfect time to explore physical equilibrium. Investigate balance with Exploratorium exhibits before heading back to the studio to create a hanging mobile. Using polymer clay and mixed media, you’ll explore what balance to you.

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The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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