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Youth Workshop Series begins Saturday with MK McNaughton and Dan DeRoux

Posted: October 11, 2012 - 12:06am

The Alaska State Museum’s Youth Workshop Series gets started on Saturday with two separate sessions, both inspired by the exhibit “Dan DeRoux’s History of Alaska.”

The morning workshop, “Redrawing History,” runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and is geared to students in grades K-2. Workshop facilitator MK McNaughton will lead students through an examination of DeRoux’s work, as well as the objects and animals found in his paintings. Students will also handle and study objects from the museum’s educational collection and learn how to use soft charcoal and charcoal pencils to create drawings inspired by what they’ve seen.

DeRoux himself will lead the afternoon workshop, which runs from 1-3 p.m. for students in grades 3-6. This workshop, called “Out of the Box and Off the Wall!” challenges students to have fun exploring the creative process, language, intuition and chance using mixed media.

These workshops kick off a series of workshops called “Exploring the Arts,” part of the Friends of the Alaska State Museum youth workshop program, paid for in part by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenue.

Admission to both workshops is free. Registration is required; call the museum at 465-2901.

DeRoux’s “A History of Alaska,” in which he uses humor to paint a slightly different picture of Alaskan history, closes Oct. 13. Also closing on that date are two World War II exhibitions: “When Over There Was Here and “Kiska: A World War II Battlefield Landscape.”

On display through Oct. 27 is a special exhibit celebrating the Filipino-American community’s significant contributions and accomplishments in honor of Filipino-American History Month. The exhibit includes art and clothing from the Philippines, two dance costumes, and historical photographs highlighting 225 years of cultural exchange between Filipinos and Alaskans.

The museum will be closed to the public on Alaska Day, Oct. 18.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

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