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Slew of Van Gogh Activities at Final Untitled of 2012

The final Untitled of 2012 has arrived and we’re going out with a big one.  Get your Untitled fix filled on October 26 before our annual two-month hiatus. 

During Untitled #52 (Written Off), we will be celebrating the new exhibition Becoming Van Gogh with a look at artists and ideas forgotten in their own time, the act of writing, and the art of text.

Channel your inner Vincent with a slew of activities that share the artist’s creative process and working style. There will be a group sketching session with art instructor Chuck Ceraso, who will guide you in drawing from the same copy boards Van Gogh used to teach himself to draw. Up on level six in the North Building, take a detour of the European art collection with a color expert and hear how color plays a role in your mood and environment. Afterwards, design a personalized color scheme to take home, inspired by a painting in the DAM collections. Van Gogh saved color combinations he wanted to remember by winding strands of yarn together.  Make your own colorful yarn ball as a memento and reminder of hues to bring into your life.

MakeARTtalk this month turns the spotlight on the visitors as they pen their own odes and letters in the exhibition When I Last Wrote to You about Africa.  Local slam poets will give voice to their written words in front of an El Anatsui work. Over in the Hub in the Hamilton Building, Denver Public Library’s Fresh City Life will be taking visitors to the next plane, helping them find their artist spirit guides and creating protective talisman necklaces. Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie finish off the Untitled 2012 season with a splash, but will they go in the pool? 

Finally, no Untitled would be complete without an array of talks/tours with a twist. Even though the spotlight is on Van Gogh, hear about his contemporaries in the Paris scene with master teacher Molly Medakovich. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the AIGA archives (haven’t you always wanted to see what’s behind the big white door in the architecture, design and graphics gallery?) Take a look at ideas gone bad in a chat about Colorado boondoggles with Erin Cole from History Colorado.

Grab your pencil, sketchbook, and your closest buds. Let’s send off Untitled 2012 in style.

You can view the event listing on our calendar and RSVP on Facebook.

The 2013 season begins January 25.

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with for A&C programs. Send her an email.