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Free Saturdays: "Ruth Asawa, A Sculpting Life" Book Reading and Signing by Joan Schoettler

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Photo from "Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life", courtesy of artist

Photo from "Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life," courtesy of the artist

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Join us on Saturday, September 28, as we celebrate Ruth Asawa's art with a book reading and signing by Joan Schoettler. In an extraordinary picture book, Ruth Asawa, A Sculpting Life, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa’s life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and creative expression. Extend your visit and participate in Ruth Asawa's Milk Carton Sculpture activity facilitated to Schoettler.  Create tangible, geometric objects helps in the visualization and understanding of spatial dimensions. 

Materials for the Milk Carton Sculpture activity are donated by Producers Dairy.

Free Saturdays are about celebrating art and this city that we love. Explore the permanent collections, take a guided tour, get inspired to create art of your own at our art-making station. The day will include engaging art experiences for the entire family. Enjoy access to the de Youngsters studio, family art-making, gallery guides, enhanced gallery tours with discussion groups, sketching in the permanent collection galleries, and more.

Book Reading and Signing: noon–1 pm

"Milk Carton Sculpture" Activity: 1–4 pm

About the Author

Award-winning author and biographer Joan Schoettler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she became acquainted with Ruth Asawa’s wire sculptures and fountains. Schoettler earned a MA in reading and language arts from Fresno Pacific University. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the 2013 recipient of an APALA Award for Best Picture Book. She lives with her husband in California.

Milk Carton Sculpture

Ruth Asawa believed that “art is for everybody.” Asawa’s ever-expanding artistic explorations relied on experiences in her own life and ordinary materials. Her studio, her home, and her local community, particularly the public schools that her children attended, intertwined. Working with readily found materials, she infused everyday experience with creative learning.  In 1983, working with a group of collaborators, Asawa developed the Milk Carton Sculpture workbook. The intention was to encourage playful investigation with a readily found material to deepen students’ experience with otherwise abstract mathematical thinking.

The projects in Milk Carton Sculpture begin with a simple form that allows for individual elaboration. “The intuition developed through the use of milk carton geometry will also be helpful in algebra, trigonometry, and later on in calculus classes where students must understand figures in two and three dimensions.”

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(415) 750-7624