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Artist Veliz to offer workshop for kids Saturday

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 1:08am

For the last three years, Juneau concept artist Averyl Veliz has been developing “A Klondike Tale,” her feature-length animated film project, compiling thousands of illustrations in the process. And she’s not done yet.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Veliz will lead a workshop for kids based on that film project called “Designing Heroes and Villains!” at the Alaska State Museum.

Drawing from her experience creating “A Klondike Tale,” also the name of her current solo exhibition at the museum, Veliz will explore various cartoon illustration techniques used in animation, comic books and movies.

Saturday workshops are divided by age group into two sessions: 10 a.m. through noon for grades 3-5, and 1-5 p.m. for grades 5-8. Pre-register by calling the museum at 465-2901.

Veliz’s workshop is December’s installment of the six-part youth activity series “Exploring Arts and Culture at the Alaska State Museum.” The 2011 season marks the 14th year of the youth workshops series, sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum and funded in part by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenue.

Through these activities, students learn the tools, materials and techniques associated with the Alaska State Museum’s solo exhibition artists from the artists, themselves. Classes explore arts and culture through hands-on activities designed to stimulate creativity, foster an appreciation of the visual arts and begin a lifelong appreciation for museums.

December’s Holiday Break youth activity will be “Alaska Action Figures” with guest artist Mary Ellen Frank, Juneau portrait doll maker.

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