Free and Fun

You don’t have to spend money to create and learn about art at Krasl Art Center! These educational events are free and open to the public.


10th ANNUAL COASTLINE CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

March 13-22

Krasl Art Center is thrilled to be a venue for the 2020 Coastline Children’s Film Festival! Join us for screenings throughout this two-week festival, including the premiere and the grand finale screenings with live music by Dr. Larry Schanker! Donations are appreciated. Visit www.coastlinechildrensfilmfestival.com for film descriptions, age recommendations and the full schedule and partner screening locations.

SCREENINGS AT KRASL ART CENTER:

(ALL TITLES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 

6 PM Opening Night Costume Contest & Party with music by Brandon Mattson- come dressed as your favorite animated character!

7 PM Kid Flix 1 (60 min)

Calling all Party animals. COSTUME PARTY and CONTEST and SCREENING of NYICFF KID FLICKS ONE along with live music by Brandon Mattson. Come as one of your favorite animated characters. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with arts activities around adding to your costume. Prizes awarded for the best most creative costumes. Watervliet music teacher Brandon Mattson and his student ukulele band will be there. At 7:00 pm we’ll screen the best animated films from the world renowned New York International Children’s Film Festival. Be ready to dance and partake in serious cupcake consumption thanks to cupcakes from Bit of Swiss. We’ll also have coffee from Red Arrow Roasters for all the old folks.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

2:30 PM NYICFF Kid Flicks Two (72 min)

With a compelling range of styles and themes, KID FLICKS TWO bridges the gap between little and big for young audiences growing in experiences and ideas. Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you’re curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

MONDAY, MARCH 16

6:30 PM The Case of Hana & Alice, (100 min)

When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

6:30 PM Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray, (60 min)

An intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray the film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Verité footage, home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tell of Murray’s internal struggles and incredible ambition. Exclusive interviews with art world luminaries provide the historical backdrop for the New York art scene. Elizabeth Murray moved to New York City in 1967. In 2005, almost forty years later, Murray was the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray traces Murray’s life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a bustling, growing family and thriving career. From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” to her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, and on to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health. Murray’s paintings defy efforts at categorization. She broke convention, and made an indelible imprint on contemporary art. This film chronicles her remarkable journey from an impoverished childhood to artistic maverick, before she lost her life to cancer in 2007. Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray cements Murray’s legacy as one of the great painters of our time.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

1:00 PM Dutch Animation Celebration (74 min) 

NYICFF crossed the Atlantic to join forces with Cinekid, The Netherland’s premiere film festival for children, to share a program of the very best of DUTCH ANIMATION (Ages 8 and up/74 min)–featuring diverse stories, hilarious romps, inventive animation, and more! With trusty scissors in hand, Mr. Paper makes choice cuts to craft his ideal world. Blooming with artful animation and wistful storytelling, Emily was spotlighted as the Netherlands’ entry for Oscar consideration. Then three very different kids, all friends, find out what it truly means to walk a day in each other’s shoes, and legs, and torsos in this hilarious International Emmy-award winner Heads Together. Inventive design, storytelling and themes combine to make this Dutch Animation Celebration a whole lot of fun!

SUNDAY, MARCH 22

4 PM Finale Silent Films with Buster Keaton One Week (25 min) and Go West!, (70 min) with piano accompaniment by Dr. Larry Schanker

With this delightful film, Buster Keaton rivals Charlie Chaplin for comic poetry and pathos. Keaton’s character, known only as Friendless, is a Midwestern boy who is down on his luck. After an abortive attempt to get by in the city, he follows Horace Greeley’s advice to “Go West, young man!” As a result, Friendless winds up on a cattle ranch and is about the most unlikely cowboy imaginable (in fact, he never does trade in his porkpie hat for a ten-gallon). Various bits of comic business abound; standouts include the milking scene and a card game in which Friendless accuses a player of cheating. Friendless finds true love — not with the rancher’s daughter but with Brown Eyes, a cow who seems nearly as out of place in the herd as Friendless does on the ranch. Cow and boy become devoted, but Brown Eyes is headed for the slaughterhouse. Friendless resolves to rescue her, sneaking on the train that’s taking her and thousands of other cattle to the Los Angeles station. The herd escapes from the cattle cars at the destination and runs amok through downtown L.A.; it is then up to Friendless to round them up. With the help of a costume shop, Friendless saves the day…and his cow. Go West is Keaton’s most heartfelt film, and certainly one of his most underrated.


FAMILY NIGHTS @ THE BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

213 E WALL ST, BENTON HARBOR, MI 49022
SECOND WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH, 5-6:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

KAC is excited to continue partnering with the Benton Harbor Public Library to present free and fun art activities for families.

FEBRUARY 12: MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTON(S) 

Spruce up your bookbags and jackets with buttons you design! Bring in your own photograph, cut up magazines or use drawing materials to create images from scratch. The circumference of the button is 2 1/4″. 

MARCH 11: CALDER MOBILES

Alexander Calder is best known for his mobile sculptures designed to hang from the ceiling and move with air currents. Learn to use wire and other simple materials to create your own Calder inspired mobile.

APRIL 8: WAX RESIST WATERCOLOR EXPERIMENTS

Did you know there are many ways to experiment with watercolor painting? Create works of art with watercolor paint, wax, crayons and lots of different textures. It’s practically like performing magic tricks while you’re painting! 


FAMILY DAYS @ KRASL ART CENTER

707 LAKE BLVD., ST JOSEPH, MI 49085
SECOND SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH, 11 AM-12:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Adults and children learn and create side-by-side in these mini art activities.

FEBRUARY 8: CARTOONING IN THE GALLERIES

Take inspiration from the art on view, Lines with Power & Purpose: Editorial Cartoons, and learn to develop your own cartoon character or create your own comic strip. There’s no better place to make art than in front of it..

MARCH 14: CALDER WIRE DRAWING

Alexander Calder is known for his sculptures and mobiles (See March 11: Family Night), but did you know he also used wire as a 3-dimensional drawing tool? Learn to bend wire with simple tools to create your own sculptures inspired by Calder.

APRIL 11: CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS

Create colorful paper lanterns using simple materials like paper, scissors, glue and markers. Participants can draw their own designs with markers or combine patterned paper and add embellishments.

 


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