Family Day: The Art of Water

Motel Pool, Austin, Texas, Tod Papageorge, (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1940 — ), 1975, Gelatin silver print, 10 7/8 in. x 16 in. (27.62 cm x 40.64 cm), Gift of Huntington T. Block Insurance, 1992.101
Surf, Elliot Torrey (East Hardwick, VT 1867–1949 San Diego, CA), c. 1920, Oil on Canvas, 30 in. x 36 in. (76.2 cm x 91.44 cm), Gift of Mr. A. H. Marks, 1923.1

Video: Elliot Torrey’s Surf-Inspired Fizzy Ice Cube Painting

Do you know the foam that happens from waves crashing in on a beach or even the sudsy bubbles in a bath? Vinegar and baking soda can cause the same sort-of fizziness! These ice cubes are magical when you add vinegar and a touch of experimentation.

Summer Field Bouquet, Paul Stankard (Attleboro, Massachusetts, 1943 — ), 1997, Glass, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm), Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin, 2010.282.50

Photos: Paul Stankard-Inspired Ice Cube Creations

Need a way to cool-off but only have limited materials? These ice cube creations are two-fold: fun for now and for later. Create mini designs within an ice tray, let them freeze, and experiment! Will you put your creation in your drink? Watch it melt on the sidewalk? See it dissolve in a bowl of water?

Ice cube creation materials
The ice won’t turn out to be completely clear. Why? The water is freezing from all directions, so air naturally gets trapped in the middle. The air pockets make them look mysterious!
Pond — Spring Awakening, Alma Thomas (Columbus, Georgia, 1891–1978, Washington, D.C.), 1972, Acrylic on canvas, 68 in. x 55 in. (172.72 cm x 139.7 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, 1976.32

Photos: Chalk-Paint Printmaking

Spruce up your regular chalk drawing routine with a liquid version. Equal parts cornstarch and water, plus a little coloring, creates a fun medium you can dip sponges, mops, bicycle tires — you name it! Patterns, mark-making, big splashes, oh my!

Chalk paint materials
Wet chalk paint, versus when it’s dry!



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