Resolutions for an Artful New Year

What to See & Do in January 2019

1. Take a ‘vacation’ at the DAM

Winter break at the DAM is still on through January 6, 2019, so stop by for family fun. The Print Studio, gallery activities, A Walk in the Woods family space, and two Create-n-Takes are open every day.

2. See some theater at the museum

Catch the immersive play Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition—a true family favorite—for new artwork spotlights and stories. Join us as we uncover the history and inspiration behind three sculptures in the museum collection, and cast a vote for your favorite! January 2–4 in Sharp Auditorium.

Also, Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives continue their sleuthing on January 13. Pick up a letter from the Fox Box in the atrium to find the foxes in the galleries. There are two chances to catch the fox detectives and hear the new clues: 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

3. Create some prints

Step into the Print Studio to get into a printmaker's mindset and create your own original prints. Design your own printing plate, or experiment with color and layering. Best of all—no printmaking experience is required! For more insight into the process, catch printmaking demonstrations on weekends, noon–3 pm.

4. Make art in the galleries

Head up to Level 4 to stitch together an animal scene at the Sew Wild! Create-n-Take. Explore artist Carol Eckert’s technique and discover the stories and symbolism behind familiar creatures.

And experiment with abstraction and build your own layered landscape at the Home on the Range Create-n-Take on Level 3.

5. Take time out for play

Join us on January 12 from 10 am to 1 pm for Create Playdate, an artmaking experience specially created for 3-5 year olds and their grown-ups. This month, we’ll take a trip to the Northwest Coast and make art inspired by the animals that we find.

little girl in front of an image of a model on the staircase on the way to the Dior exhibition
Photo courtesy Instagram user @stripesonabumblebee

6. Indulge in some fashion

Explore the exhibition that celebrates the history of an iconic fashion house and the incredible creativity and artistry that goes into designing and producing all kinds of glamorous looks. Follow along using the family audio guide as Christian Dior’s sister Catherine shares stories and insights about the dresses and more.

Dior: From Paris to the World requires an extra ticket. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

7. Rub a belly for good luck

There’s a bit more time to see the Ganesha exhibition and touch the belly of the figure for a lucky New Year. Read the story of Ganesha while surrounded by art before it ends on January 13.

Lindsay Genshaft is manager of family and community programs at the Denver Art Museum.

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