Art from Afar: Joslyn's Online Engagement Opportunities

As Joslyn Art Museum is presently closed until further notice in response to community efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Museum’s staff has planned a series of virtual engagement opportunities for all ages. Experiences range from passive to participatory and are meant to be both educational and entertaining.

In addition to regular continuing social media activity, the following opportunities will be highlighted via the Museum's website and social media accounts, most notably Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Joslyn Short Courses
Practicing wellness while staying home? Love the luxury of learning about Joslyn’s collections from the comfort of your couch? Be kind to your mind and join us for a new online learning experience, Joslyn Short Courses, presented Tuesdays, May through June, 5-6 pm. Cocktails optional!

Virtual Tour: Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography
Joslyn’s exhibition Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography was one month into its three-month run at closure, but selections from the show can still be enjoyed! The mobile tour for the exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, now features images of the art referenced at each audio stop so it can be all be experienced from home. Click here to start the tour now!

Art Adventures LIVE!
Facebook, Fridays through June @ 10:30 am
Art Adventures is a drop-in studio program for our youngest audiences (ages 3–5 with an adult), normally held every Friday at the Museum. Now, the whole family can drop-in . . . virtually! Join studio programs manager Andy Smith as he streams the program live from the Museum’s classrooms. Click here for a full schedule and themes.

Families: Art Chats
Art Chats are "conversation starters” on our website. Check out the artwork and the prompt, then start an artful discussion with the people you love. Great for all ages! Take a peek today; new chats posted weekly with themes changing monthly.

Virtual Art Camps
Register your young artists for week-long camp experiences via Zoom. Groups of campers (ages 6-8 and 9-12) can join Joslyn studio staff for 75-minute art-making sessions each day. Inspired by works in the Museum’s collections, hands-on activities will explore drawing, painting, sculpture, and more – all from the comfort of home. Register now.

Coming Soon! Virtual Studio Classes
Starting in July, teens and adults will be able to attend Basic Drawing and Watercolor classes from the comfort of home! Class details and registration will be available on June 12.

Curator-led Virtual Gallery Talks
Listen to our curators give short talks about works on view in the galleries, accompanied by video of the art. Find them on Facebook and YouTube.

Symphony Joslyn Talk
Sunday, April 29 @ 2 pm
Hear Associate Curator of European Art Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., discuss Jean Francois Pierre Peyron's The Death of Socrates, (1788) and listen to selected works of music.

Sunday, May 17 @ 2 pm
Hear Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art discuss Frank Stella's Nogaro, (1982) and listen to selected works of music.

Appetite for Art
Tuesday, April 28 @ 11:30 am
Hear Associate Curator of European Art Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., discuss Maria van Oosterwyck's Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase (about 1685).

Finding the Landscape in the Twenty-First Century
Thursday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm
Join Toby Jurovics, Chief Curator & Holland Curator of American Western Art, for a conversation with Ron Jude and Owen Gump about the place of landscape photography in the twenty-first century.
Crowdsourcing the Collection
An initial request on Instagram generated great ideas! The curatorial staff is working on responses about the works people picked. Follow Joslyn on Instagram to see their responses!

Prompts for Children & Families
Hashtag Conversations — Watch for Them!
  • #WomensHistoryMonth—this month-long celebration features artists who are women; Find it on Facebook & Instagram (March)
  • #MuseumFromHome—resources that can be used from home; Find it on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter (ongoing)
  • #MuseumMomentsofZen—images of calming works from the collection; Find it on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter (ongoing)
  • #RecreateJoslyn—Do you have a favorite artwork in our collection? Eager to express your creativity? Using objects in your home, recreate your favorite artworks from Joslyn’s collection and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #RecreateJoslyn — then we will share your creations on our social media channels! Browse the collection online for inspiration.
Educators — more “at home” resources are being added to the JOSLYNtrc Pinterest account, including resources supplied during Joslyn’s Thursdays for Teachers program.

Please consider making a gift today. Your contribution will allow to provide virtual art education tools, such as free lesson plans and art-making activities, and to support our community while schools and the Museum are closed.