The After School program at the Mattress Factory has been awesome this season!
Pittsburgh-based artist Celeste Neuhaus designs projects and activities for the stellar kids enrolled in the fall session, entitled SPACE EXPLORATION. All of the activities center around the museum’s current exhibitions and permanent installations. Each week there is a new exhibit and idea to explore, always focusing on mind how we experience the space around us.
Each week when the After School students visit the museum they are considering what installation art is and how different artists use space.
Each day in After School follows a pattern. The students arrive and sit down for snacks and homework time together before visiting a new exhibit, discussing the work, and then making works of our own inspired by the installation. The students have been exploring the museum, thinking critically about the work, and translating ideas into their own installation-inspired art each week--it has been a blast!
Students have had a great time visiting a different exhibit each week. So far they have made up stories about who might live in RyderHenry’s fantastical city, created their own Yayoi Kusama inspired polka dot installations, and even had a sit-down discussion with the artist Danny Bracken after experiencing the double rainbow in his installation What Does It Mean?
As this session is drawing to an end, the kids are getting more and more excited about the Celebration held the last day of the fall session, the students invite their friends and family into the museum to see all the amazing art they have been working on and the installations they have been seeing and interacting with each week.
It is sad to see the term ending but we know we will have an amazing adventure with After School in the Winter and Spring of next year!