Enjoy this fun-filled week of drop-in family art activities inspired by our special exhibitions and the art of Norman Rockwell, Frank E. Schoonover, and Gregory Manchess, which bring fantasy, adventure, and real-life stories to life.
Learn to Draw Woolly Rhinos, Snow Leopards, Polar Bears and more!
“Pop up” outdoor adventures on our 36-acre grounds
Gallery Talks on the Art of Adventure every day at 11:00, 12:30 and 2:30
Explore and learn about the Art of Adventure. Paintings by Frank Schoonover and Gregory Manchess invite us into worlds beyond the everyday where anything might happen. Participants will also discover Norman Rockwell’s adventures and how they shaped his world view and decisions about what to paint.
1:00 p.m. Drawing Leopards, Raptors and Bears, oh my!
Each day educator and illustrator Patrick O’Donnell will teach visitors how to draw a different animal inspired by creatures painted by Gregory Manchess in the exhibit Above the Timberline, and Frank Schoonover in the Art of Adventure. Even beginning artists will make shapes and forms which become animals in action. Draw all five animals or choose a favorite: Woolly Rhino (Monday), Snow Leopard (Tuesday), Polar Bear (Wednesday), Wolf (Thursday), and Raptor (Friday)
1:30 p.m. President’s Day Talk
As America’s best known illustrator, Norman Rockwell was called upon to paint the presidents and presidential candidates of his day, from Eisenhower to Nixon and Kennedy. Discuss the artist’s intersection with the nation’s most prominent leaders with Curator of Education Tom Daly, who will share little-known stories of Rockwell’s experiences capturing their likenesses.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Imagine and Create with Collage
Using collage techniques – visualize, design and create an imaginary animal and the setting it inhabits. Participants will be encouraged to be adventurous with color, texture and design as they plan and create an image which suggests adventures about to unfold.
3:00 p.m. Adventure Story Read Aloud and Conversation
After an afternoon of adventures it’s time to cozy up and listen to wonderful illustrated stories about adventures. Chief educator Mary Berle will read and discuss celebrated illustrated children’s books for children ages 3 – 9 and their families. Each day will feature new stories and conversation topics.
Weather permitting expect some “pop up” outdoor adventures on our 37-acre grounds.