A new hands-on, interactive exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) invites visitors to create the artwork themselves. Drawing Lab is inspired by the idea that mark-making is a fundamental human impulse and that there is no wrong way to do it. Museum visitors of any age or artistic ability are welcome to participate.
UMFA educators developed five drawing stations to encourage visitors’ creativity: participants can contribute to a chalkboard drawing Museum staff have begun, do free drawing directly on a coffee table, draw from objects in the Museum’s permanent collection, create drawings with tape and paper, or contribute to a “metamorphosis” scroll drawing that will take shape over the course of the exhibition and incorporate the creativity of all participating artists. Each station will be accompanied by suggested starting points, but each visitor-artist is encouraged to pursue his or her own creative direction.
Visitors can also draw inspiration from I See the Fish, Finally, a collaborative, experimental wall drawing created by eight students from the University of Utah art department, who created the work during a three-day drawing “marathon” May 6–8. A time-lapse video of the installation is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS7r3KWnkuA&feature=youtu.be.