A Seemingly Idle Diversion: Family Workshops at the Hammer

A Seemingly Idle Diversion: Family Workshops at the Hammer

In conjunction with the exhibition Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, this series of workshops invites families to investigate doodling as a key part of the creative and learning process. Burchfield made scrapbooks for the hundreds of doodles he created, describing the doodles as a “free exercise in abstraction” that yielded some of his most useful motifs. Parents and kids will engage in the same process, doodling in response to music, conversation, sights, sounds, and smells. At the end of the workshop series, participants will create both a beautiful scrapbook of their doodles and a culminating artwork using their doodle motifs. The workshop will be taught by trained UCLA student artist/educators.

Session 1: Sunday, October, 25, 3–5pm

Session 2: Sunday, November 1, 3–5pm

Session 3: Sunday, November 8, 3–5pm

All ages welcome, parents and children encouraged to enroll together.
There will be a $25 per family refundable registration fee to hold your place. Please call Sue Bell Yank at 310-443-7047 or email [email protected] to enroll.


Location: Annex
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person, first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate on weekends. Cash only. 

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.