Becka's Studio fosters open-ended creative art making, experimental tinkering, and expressive endeavors.
Studio experiences will focus on the creative process rather than the outcome or product. Processes and material will rotate regularly to highlight both artistic and scientific activities with materials such as paint, clay, recycled objects, Oobleck, or bubbles.
Inside Becka's Studio children may engage in super messy projects or independent focused artwork. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate with visiting artists or museum staff on projects that extend the creative possibilities in each exhibit area or express ideas that emerge from their play in the playscapes.
Becka's Studio has a new twist! It has been transformed into a Movement and Music Studio with the help of local artist Carla Barragan. Create a beat or new sound with drums, boom-sticks, xylophones, and shakers. Use ribbon dancers, scarves, movement shapes and dice to move and dance. Watercolor paint to music and let your paintbrush dance across the paper. Occasionally we will even also throw down our drop cloth and dance with painted feet!
Carla Barragán is an Ecuadorian dancer, choreographer and educator working between Seattle, Mexico and Ecuador since 1998. She is co-founder and director of BQdanza. In addition to her work as a choreographer, she also teaches Theatre fulltime at the Bethel school district, at Elk Plain School of Choice.
Movement and Music is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission.
Opening October 12, 2013
Visitors are invited to explore patterns, shapes and a variety of media as Studio B transforms into an artist’s workshop. Local artists Brian Hutcheson will create and install a playful set of durable wooden stencils ranging from simple shapes to dynamic patterns. Both individual and collaborative art exploration and creation are encouraged.
About Brian Hutcheson
Brian Hutcheson is currently an art and design teacher at Charles Wright Academy Upper School. He has a Master’s Degree in Design and Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Painting from Biola University. For the past seven years, Hutcheson has worked with children age 4 to 18 in school and community settings from Kent to Thailand facilitating artistic and creative experiences. Hutcheson created the Mail Art Collaborative project featured in Becka’s Studio when the facility opened January 14, 2012.
Play Shapes is made possible with funding from Tacoma Arts Commission
If you've already played in Becka's Studio, click here to let us know about your experience.
Invitations to Play highlight the play and learning that takes place in each of the Museum's playscapes by providing adults with prompts and resources to further engage children. This Invitation to Play for Becka's Studio includes a second activity as a way to extend the Museum experience beyond our doors.