Color’s Garden: An Adventure with the Elements of Art

Image: Jared Mezzocchi, detail of animation from Color’s Garden

Inspired by the art of Henri Matisse, Color’s Garden is a play, written and directed by Mary Hall Surface, that celebrates the joys and discoveries of making a new kind of art. Color, who dreams of making something new all on her own, leads her friends Line and Shape on an imaginative adventure. By working and playing together, the friends discover that art can capture so much more than what can be seen with the eyes. Featuring projections, playful animations and a lively jazz score, this theatrical fantasy brings the elements of art to life and offers new understandings about their expressive power. This children’s play, in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, is a for families with children ages 4, up. It is performed on Nov. 4 and 11 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 11:30 and Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Following each performance, families will be invited to make collages in a hands-on artmaking space and will be provided with self-guiding resources to explore the elements of art in the Gallery’s collection. Read more at