Design museum is in search of some young superheros

The Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo is filling the last few weeks of the month with interactive learning activities for youth in the form of three workshops.

The workshops are set up as laboratories where those involved can explore, discuss and learn about the possibilities in contemporary art, said spokespersons.

The first series is called the search for superheroes, and young patrons will be challenged to channel their inner hero while exploring heroic myths associated with the world’s inventions. Guests will create their own stories and use recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard to depict their ideas, the course description said.

This workshop will be Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Space is limited to 12 children ages 9 to 12. The cost is 4,000 colons.

The second workshop choice is geared toward those younger in the age range of 6 to 9. Twelve such children will have the ability to partake in Coleccionistas de la historia Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These youth will build their own artist album that contains things that represent their trip to the museum and their personal interpretation of the museum’s art.

Participants will draw, paint and collage pictures of things they like and things that are important to them for the album pages. Cost of the class is 6,000 colons.

The final workshop is called Naturalmente Artificial, and those involved can chose to participate either Tuesday or Thursday. Using the museums video exhibits, 12 young persons ages 5 to 8 will learn about different inventions. They will then create a plant out of organic and artificial materials. Teachers will next task the participants with drawing an abstract image based on the ideas of the day.

The idea is to reflect upon the diversity of the the environment and the balance between nature and humans, said spokespersons.

“Naturally artificial” is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and costs 2,000 colons.

Each workshop requires the child participant to wear comfortable clothes and to bring a snack. Those who wish to register can e-mail or call 2223-6012 or 2222-3489 and speak to Antonieta Sibaja. More information on the workshops can be found at

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