The Amazing Spiderwoman, Louise Bourgeois: A Celebration of the Family Web

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The Amazing Spiderwoman, Louise Bourgeois: A Celebration of the Family Web

July 11 – 15, M – F

Session 1:    9 – Noon  ** This session is currently full.

Session 2:    1 – 4pm

Ages 6 – 12 **


This will be a beautiful week studying the artist nicknamed ‘Spiderwoman’, Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois was a French-American painter, sculptor, printmaker and fiber artist. She is widely known for her massive bronze sculpture of a spider, entitled ‘Maman’, which is now a part of the permanent collection upon entry into Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. At over 30 feet high, it is difficult to miss!

Bourgeois’ family was very important to her work over the years. ‘Maman’ itself was beautifully sculpted to represent her mother, Josephine, a weaver by trade, and certainly her best friend and protector, most of which can be represented in the characteristics of a spider. Toward the end of her life, she began to explore her roots and her childhood as a daughter of parents who owned a tapestry-repair business. Bourgeois spent her childhood helping her mother sew and weave. In late adulthood, Bourgeois began to sew beautiful cloth books visually representing memories of her family. The cloth pages can be seen in a photo above, pieced apart for an exhibit at the MOMA.

Over the course of this week, we will be exploring the artistic life of this lovely artist and celebrating our own relationships with our families through the creation of our own fabric book, a bit of weaving, and the construction of our own ‘Maman’-inspired spider sculptures!

This class encourages students to bring some items of clothing or scraps of fabric which represent special people in their family, which we will be re-purposing within our work.

** This class is definitely heavy on hand-sewing and the relaxation that comes along with the creation of reflection-based, hand-sewn pieces. A week-long sewing circle with sculpting breaks if you will;) To ensure your child’s success, please consider his or her preferences for activities such as these. Email me anytime if you have questions, I would be happy to try and answer!

Note: If your child is younger than the recommended age for class but you feel strongly he or she would be successful, I would completely be open to discussing! Just contact me and we’ll see what we can do!

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Look forward to seeing you this summer!

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