2017 is the 21st year that The Dalí Museum will offer our Summer Recreation Center Art Workshops, an innovative series of workshops with a rotating theme expanding a five-week period. In these workshops children are able to experience the work of Salvador Dalí and explore the creative process by making art related to Dalí. Many students are exposed for the first time to using various mediums such as paints, pastel chalks, collage, and paper maché.  They may also be challenged to create projects using recycled materials. Finally, students and their families visit the Museum, a first time experience for many.

In cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg’s Leisure Services Department, the program is offered to underserved inner city students in five of the city’s recreation centers. As a result it allows 120 children the opportunity to participate in a number of activities and events. Since the focus of this year’s workshops revolves around bike safety, projects will help children master their art by applying both bicycles and themes of Salvador Dalí’s work (bicycles are featured prominently in several important Dali works, on view in our permanent exhibition).  Teachers present pre-planned projects with instructions and a visual example of a number of possible outcomes. Teachers may embellish the projects, if desired, after discussion at Instructor planning meetings, allowing children to create with an openness unrestricted by the expectation of creating an exact replica. Additionally, children actively participate in two visits to The Museum. During an introductory visit they will connect with Dalí during a brief tour of our collection, receive an introduction to Surrealism, and also hear a bicycle safety presentation. During the concluding visit to the Museum, they will participate in a specialist-led bike rodeo, learning/demonstrating the skills and precautions necessary to safely ride a bicycle. A reception and awards ceremony immediately follows.  Families are invited to view their work as well as photos taken of their weeks at the workshops. These workshops are an experience many of these children do not otherwise have the ability to participate in and as a result have become a staple within the communities in which the rec – centers are located.