• Bruce Conner and Edmund Shea, Angel, 1975; unique gelatin silver print photogram; partial gift of Richard Lorenz.

Spirit Boats

Ages 6 to 12 plus one accompanying adult

  • Jennifer Ewing is an artist, muralist, and workshop leader. Before studying at Monmouth College in Illinois, she attended children’s and teen art programs at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2005, teaching art in museums has invigorated Jennifer's personal work in drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking around the theme of the spirit boat.

Inspired by Jay De Feo’s Origins, Bruce Conner and Edmund Shea’s Angel, and other artworks on view in Berkeley Eye, create your own sculptural “spirit boat” from plastic water bottle pieces covered with stained paper that resembles animal skins with artist Jennifer Ewing. Personalize your boat by piercing, tying, wrapping, and decorating it with a range of materials.

Sign up onsite beginning fifteen minutes before the session you wish to attend. Be advised that space is limited to 12 kids per session; please arrive promptly to sign up.

About Family Fare:

On the second Saturday of each month, Family Fare connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage both young people and their grown-ups. In each session, families participate in guided viewing and discussion in the galleries with a UC Berkeley graduate-student guide. Then, they explore related ideas in the Art Lab with an experienced teaching artist. Each session focuses on a different group of artworks and related hands-on activities