exploratorium

Portraiture

Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1

Included with museum admission and free for Daytime members.

Join UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital art therapist, Shalene Hatton for this art workshop exploring silhouette portraiture. First, have your unique shadow portrait drawn at a slightly-larger-then-life-scale. Then, express yourself in that portrait by showcasing your inner life on the canvas.

Created by patients and their siblings at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with art therapist, Shalene Hatton, MFT, ATR, these portraits explore the identity, interests, and feelings of the young patient-artists at the hospital.  Each piece begins with the artist having their shadow profile traced to serve as the foundation for the work. The artists are then invited to express their inner life on the canvas. 

Art therapy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is available for patients who can’t leave their hospital rooms—this is called bedside art therapy.  Art therapy groups are also available for patients and siblings in the hospital art studio twice a week. Currently, only 1 of 20 patients receive art therapy at Benioff Children’s Hospital because of funding limitations. Please contact shalene.hatton@ucsf.edufor further details about this program.

The Exploratorium and UCSF Children’s Hospital have partnered for over 30 years. In preparation for the new Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, the Exploratorium designed and fabricated 16 interactive exhibits, including full-scale versions and mobile bedside carts. Teachers at UCSF’s Marie Wattis Schoolroom have participated in the Exploratorium’s professional development Teacher’s Institute. And Exploratorium staff visit the Wattis Schoolroom once a month to facilitate hands-on science activities for patients and siblings.