52 Weeks of Silicon Valley is a project where I visit, review, and take photos once a week of various places in Silicon Valley. For a more detailed explanation about this series, click HERE
Who: Palo Alto Art Center
What: An art center owned by the city of Palo Alto where people can discover, see, make and be inspired by art. They hold adult and child classes, host various exhibits, and are very active in the community.
When: Mon: Closed / Tues-Sat:10am-5pm / Sun: 1pm-5pm
Where: 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA, 94303 Phone number: (650) 329-2366
Why: Great place to take kids of all ages and expose them to art they will understand. Indoor and outdoor exhibits. Lot’s of color. Supports local art from people who take the classes at the center and schools who send in their art. As a mom who will homeschool, this got me excited!
My Experience: I definitely have that artsy side in me and I recognize it in Samantha too. Brad and Sean had a father son day at home while Samantha and I had a mother daughter day at the art center. What immediately caught my eye was when we first drove by the center it had these huge, beautiful bird nest looking art displays. The nests are all side by side that have tunnels weaving through each one. Patrick Daugherty made the nest installation specifically for this art center to support a combination of landscape and architecture. Amazing to say the least. We then made our way into the art center. Right at the entrance we were welcomed by another fun hands on installation of ground down dull edged pieces of colorful pottery named Pottery Creek. Once inside we saw displays that were basically the cream of the crop art projects made by kids and displayed in a way that is so eye catching, you can’t stop starring. They had an exhibit called Cultural Kaleidoscope which really doesn’t need much explanation because it was named so appropriately. Some of the art work is so impressive. 8th graders were making things like the cookies and donut sculptures that could pass for professional art. Samantha and I both enjoyed our visit. I recommend that if you are coming with younger children that they should do well with following instruction. Especially when it comes to not touching the art. This trip is ideal for children 4 and up. A great way to spend an afternoon during the summer when you want to stay inside an airconditioned and inspiring atmosphere.