SJIMA’s Family Art Days, Summer 2020

“Celebrating Community and Creativity”

Family Art Days in the Orchard/ Family Art Packs

With the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) scheduled to reopen, Family Art Days (FAD) will again offer onsite Saturday sessions in the orchard adjacent to the museum at 540 Spring Street.Starting on September 5th, families will have the opportunity to join in the fun of the open air “studio.” In–person instruction will be provided by Lana Hickman and Alice Hibberd. All necessary safety precautions will be in place (See FAD COVID under “Learn” at

During August, families pre-registered to pick up packets for each week’s at-home FAD. For those who prefer to work on art projects at home, the offerings will continue on Saturdays through September.

On Saturday, August 29th, art packs for “Faces of my Family” will be available for pick-up at the museum from 1:00-3:00 pm for those who have registered. During September supplies will be available each Saturday at these time for the projects listed below.

Supplies are limited, so register prior to Wednesday evening.  Families may register for one of two outdoor sessions on each September Saturday one of the two time slots at :   Those who wish will have the opportunity to participate in a display of their creations–at least a virtual one.

This program is sponsored by Suzy Wakefield and  supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.



DATES                       1:00-2:45 pm          3:15 – 5:00 pm

August 29 –        Faces of my Family

September 5 –    Masks for Fun

September 12 –  Fairs & Farmer”s Markets

September 19 – Let’s Make Music

September 26 – The Land We Live On



1.   Faces of my Family – There is nothing more interesting than a human face, so we will

make portraits of ourselves or others.  We love looking at the faces of our family and

reading their emotions, and we try to capture this in our artwork. Materials we will use

are canvas, acrylic paints, poster board, felt and bright construction paper.


2.  Masks for FUN! – Make a mask unlike any other that you see people wearing these

days.  Using feathers, beads, yarn, paint, and poster board, we may choose the most

unusual images for our masks: robot mask, crab mask, parrot mask- you name it!


3.  Fairs and Farmer’s Markets – In the colorful settings of the county fair or farmers’

market, festive crowds gather.  Our materials: card stock, cardboard, construction

paper, paint and markers, chenille stems, wire. Our paper sculptures are full of life.


4.  Let’s Make Music – Music and rhythm can lift our spirits. Make and decorate a

percussion instrument.  Then improvise with the other families in the orchard–the

sounds will bridge the social distance!


5. The Land We Live On—Work on a geology and landscape diorama project. We discuss

rocks,  sand, clay and dark fertile soil and how nature puts together islands and

continents. We build our layered landscape in plastic trays, using pebbles, shells, sand,

clay, garden soil, small plants and toy animals. Then we take our creation home to care

for our own piece of land.