Wichita Falls Museum of Art alive online

Need artistic inspiration? Activities at WFMA continue online

If you need to channel your inner artist but feel helpless while sheltering in place, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas can help. Although the museum is closed, personnel have developed ways for people of all ages to learn and have fun.

“Even while we’re closed and working and studying remotely, the WFMA at MSU Texas is still a resource for learning, enjoyment, and respite,” said WFMA Director Tracee Robertson. To keep the community engaged during this time and museum personnel has planned a schedule of social media posts and videos. Those activities include color theory challenges, virtual tours of current exhibitions, art discussions, curator’s clues with behind-the-scenes insights about exhibit planning, and the continuation of the Weekend Workshops.

Staying connected with art can help people, no matter their age, through difficult times. “Art can do different things for different people,” Museum Curator of Education Josh Maxwell said. “It helps us all express and process our emotions. It helps us tell our stories.”

The Weekend Workshops, which began last year, feature Maxwell hosting prerecorded videos that will be posted on the WFMA’s website and Facebook page.

Maxwell said not to worry about having supplies. The videos will be designed so that you can watch, see what is needed, then return to the video. On April 11, Maxwell posted a video of working with pastels and chalk. Other Weekend Workshop videos for April include Watercolor on April 18 and Relief Printmaking on April 25.

Maxwell will also post semiweekly skill-building activities such as color theory challenges that will familiarize participants with a color wheel. “How do you mix colors? How do colors work together or against each other? We want people to create a work of art using these color theory challenges,” Maxwell said. Color theory challenge posts are planned for 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the WFMA’s Facebook page.

At 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Maxwell will post a discussion on art appreciation and criticism. The first post compares definitions of art and craft and asks viewers to look at their favorite piece of art and determine if it is more art or craft.

Maxwell said that all the posts and videos can be viewed individually or as a family. “This can be an enjoyable way of spending time together,” Maxwell said.

Three exhibitions are on display at the museum and can be viewed through virtual tours posted on Facebook. They are “Let Me Show You This,” which celebrates 70 years of the Wichita Falls Art Association; “Words and Pictures: Vernon Fisher;” and “Resiliency, Humility, Fortitude: Frank Gohlke’s Aftermath,” photographs that capture the devastation of the 1979 Wichita Falls tornado.

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