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Free Family Art Day At Oceanside Museum Of Art


  • WHEN Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1 p.m.
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Spend the day immersed in Asian-inspired art projects from origami to koi fish painting at the next Free Family Art Day.

Drawing inspiration from "Facing West/Looking East," an exhibition in which artists reach across the Pacific to Asia for their content and imagery, Free Family Art Day on October 14, 2012 will be a creative afternoon exploring a diverse selection of Asian-inspired art activities.

Kids and their families can learn about the Japanese art of origami that involves complex paper folding to achieve dynamic forms. Or, they can craft a koi fish out of various paper materials which they can then paint and take home.

Kids can also try their hand at gyotaku or fish rubbing. This Japanese art form dates back to the 1700s as a way of recording a fisherman’s catch at the end of the day using inked impressions. We will be using rubber fish and tempera paint.

At Free Family Art Day, children and their parents work closely in the artistic process designing small works of art that reflect concepts and themes from the exhibitions on view. All art activities and exhibitions on view are free to the public. Projects are designed to engage children of all ages. No art experience is required for the art activities. Healthy refreshments and kid-centric docent tours will be provided.

*Children must be accompanied by caregiver.

For information about the museum or to volunteer at Free Family Art Day, call (760) 435-3720 or visit

Opened in 1995, Oceanside Museum of Art fosters and promotes the study, appreciation, and understanding of art, with special focus on regional art, through its exhibitions, collections, and educational programs.

In addition to a progressive exhibition schedule featuring 4-5 major exhibitions and 8-10 rotating exhibitions a year, the museum is housed in side-by-side buildings designed by two of Southern California’s most renowned Modernist architects, Irving Gill and Frederick Fisher.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for students and military. Admission is free to the public the first Sunday of every month.

LOCATION: The museum is located at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, California within walking distance from the Oceanside transit center with Amtrak, Coaster, Sprinter and Metrolink stops. Google Map

Free Family Art Day is made possible by The James Irvine Foundation.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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