Event

Youth Art Month opening reception

Please join us for opening reception of the 22nd annual Youth Art Month exhibition at the PMA!

March is National Youth Art Month, and the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Art Education Association are pleased to collaborate on this special presentation of student artwork from across the state of Maine. Sharing this work by K-12 students allows the museum to recognize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.

The Raising of America

As part of the national “Week of the Young Child”, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland and the Greater Portland Early Childhood Directors Group are sponsoring the free screening of The Raising of America. This documentary seeks to encourage a national conversation that links early childhood relationships and environments to their impact on the biology of young children, and how these in turn influence adult outcomes as well as the future of the nation.

A discussion will follow the movie. 

February School Vacation Family Days

Join artist Sarah Yakawonis to explore the properties of paper. Sarah will teach participants the art of quilling – a technique where paper strips are rolled, looped, curled, to create unique shapes and designs. After exploring the qualities of paper, visit the Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art exhibition to see how various artists have worked on paper throughout the years.

February School Vacation Family Days

Take paper-dolls to the next level by making your own with instruction from artist Bridget McAlonan. Create simple or complex moveable paper doll puppets using new and recycled materials. Use your dolls as toys, pieces of art, or create multiple and make your own shadow puppet show – you can gather inspiration and learn how artists have drawn people over the years by checking out our exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art.

February School Vacation Family Days

Join Peaks Island illustrator Jamie Hogan for a day of activities inspired by sketchbooks and the exhibit Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art. Sketchbooks have long served artists as vessels of noticing, imagining, and sharing. Learn to make your own sketchbook and then bring it into the galleries to fill with drawings. Jamie will be on hand to share pages of her own sketchbooks and support you in starting your own.

April School Vacation Family Days

Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.

Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun. Children under 12 are always free. 13-18 years receive half price admission.

PMA Family Days run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April School Vacation Family Days

Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.

Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun. Children under 12 are always free. 13-18 years receive half price admission.

PMA Family Days run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April School Vacation Family Days

Are you wondering what to do over school vacation? Join us at the museum for kid-friendly gallery tours, art making activities, interactive gallery games, and more.

Families will always find welcoming staff and worlds to explore at the Portland Museum of Art, but PMA Family Days are uniquely devoted to those with young children. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun. Children under 12 are always free. 13-18 years receive half price admission.

PMA Family Days run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PMA Family Days: "Exploring Sculpture"

Check out the exhibition Turning Strange, which features work by Maine artist Duncan Hewitt. Inspired by objects from everyday life, Hewitt carves sculptures of mundane items such as car windshields, ice skates, and mattresses. Try your hand at making a sculpture or a carving in our Pop-Up Studio. Kids and caregivers will be given materials, inspirational prompts, and instruction on how to transform mundane objects into art, just like Duncan Hewitt! Look, listen, and share during and all-ages gallery talks.

PMA Family Days: "The Pencil Experiment"

Using the exhibition Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art as inspiration, explore the many ways that pencil and paper can interact. Create art that is big or small, in 2-D or 3-D, and realistic or abstract. We’ll provide materials, inspirational prompts, and instruction for kids and caregivers to make your own masterwork on paper to take home. Look, listen, and share during all-ages gallery talks.