A staple of the Capital District's cultural scene, the Institute is the home of more than 20,000 objects, including a mummy and one of the country's most extensive collections documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley from the late 17th century to the current day.
It also contains a series of contemporary exhibits with local connections including brightly colored fabric compositions by Estelle Kessler Yarinsky, a local artist and grandmother.
Highlighting little-known historical figures, Yarinsky's fabric portraits mark a clear departure from the conventional paintings and sculptures exhibited throughout the Institute.
The Institute is located at 125 Washington Ave. in Albany, a block west of the State Capitol. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
During the Vacation Art Break, kids will learn how colors affect one another when mixed together or placed side by side. The basics of composition will also be discussed, and kids will integrate color and design. The following sessions are being offered from 1 to 4 p.m. for kids 6 to 13 years old :
Wednesday, Dec. 26: Drawing and design
Create decorative papers using printing, cutting, and painting techniques to explore design and collage compositions.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Color Theory
Play artistically and geometrically with color by using paint and oil pastel.
Friday, Dec. 28: Still Life Painting
Explore the process of painting to capture color and form in art. Participants will learn about the methods and techniques used in paintings in the galleries. They will gain an understanding of color, hue, saturation, value, texture, light and composition.
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