Third Saturdays are free family activity days that occur on the third Saturday of every month. Instruction and activities begin at 1:00 and end at 4:00. The art making happens in the Emma Eccles Jones Education Center Classroom which has a limited capacity of 60. These activities are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please call 801.581.3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This program is supported in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program.
UPCOMING THIRD SATURDAYS
Saturday, May 16 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Italian Renaissance nuns and monks rolled gilded paper into spirals to decorate book covers, creating a new art form called "quilling." See the beautiful gilded Renaissance art and iron scrollwork on view at the UMFA and be inspired to quill your own book cover. Visitors can also explore the UMOCA Art Truck, featuring the kinetic sculptures and geometric compositions of Utah artist Meridith Pingree.
Painting Clay Plates
Saturday, June 20 | 1-4 pm | FREE
The UMFA has a beautiful collection of Mesoamerican art. Explore the Museum's Mayan pottery and find inspiration in the interesting patterns and writing to paint your own clay plate.
Saturday, July 18 | 1-4 pm | FREE
In the exhibition salt 11: Duane Linklater, the artist created 3-D printed copies of objects from the UMFA's American Indian collection. Make your own plastic clay sculpture inspired by objects in the Museum. Staff from the J. Willard Marriott Library will join us to demonstrate this intriguing technology on their 3-D printer.
Patterned Tapa Cloth
Saturday, August 15 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Tapa, or bark cloth, is one of the most widely recognized art forms in the Pacific Islands. This textile, made from the soft inner bark of the mulberry tree, is used in ceremonies, clothing, and mask-making. Our Pacific Island collection of objects and sculptures will inspire your tapa cloth-like designs on paper.
Make a Cyanometer
Saturday, September 19 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Landscapes and skyscapes are everywhere in the UMFA this fall. Over the centuries, artists used cyanometers to help them interpret the color of the sky. Create a cyanometer to identify the right blue for the sky in your next landscape.
Saturday, October 17 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Our mask-making activity is a perennial favorite! Find inspiration throughout the UMFA to decorate your own one-of-a-kind mask.
Saturday, November 21 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Printmaking is a centuries-old art form still practiced today. Masterpieces in the Museum will spark your imagination as you design your own set of prints.
Found Object Sculpture
Saturday, December 19 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Explore our modern and contemporary art gallery to find sculptures made from rubber, wood, and metal. Create your own sculpture, called an assemblage, from a variety of everyday objects.
Third Saturdays are funded in part by the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program.