Join a curator or museum educator in the PMA’s special exhibition, Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art, for a discussion and close look at fine examples of lithographs featured in the show. Then, take a short walk over to the Maine College of Art studios to explore the hands-on process of lithograph making.
The Winslow Homer High School Fellows will lead a day of Winslow Homer-inspired activities, art projects, and gallery talks. Gain inspiration through close observation of Homer’s paintings and etchings and then create works of art inspired by the sea. Over the summer of 2015, the Fellows were hired to create new opportunities for youth engagement while learning about Homer’s life and work.
Educators from the PMA and Maine Audubon bring you a Family Day that explores both the scientific and artistic sides of Maine animals and habitats. Inspired by works from our collection and the installation Modern Menagerie, we’ll use literature, storytelling, art making, and scientific inquiry to deepen our understanding of Maine-specific species and natural habitats. Join us for all-ages gallery talks or a special tour for young learners ages 3-5 years.
Learn about the artistic processes teen artists used to create one-of-a-kind pieces of apparel inspired by works in the Portland Museum of Art. Visit the galleries to view their dresses displayed in front of the art that inspired them. The artists will then help you make your own art or apparel design inspired by the PMA collection.
Teens from the educational arts nonprofit A Company of Girls create one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by artworks from the PMA collection. Visit the galleries to view their designs and learn about their processes.
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. All activities are free with museum admission. Children under 14 are always free. Students receive the discounted price of $10.
The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture has a long tradition of offering artists the opportunity to engage fully with their studio practice. This PMA360 is inspired by the exhibition Skowhegan at Seventy, which commemorates the institution and the artists who spent time there.
Get inspired by the special exhibition O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York through an unexpected sense: sound. Imagine stepping into a Georgia O’Keeffe painting; what would you hear? Our Artist Intervention program invites sound designers into the galleries to help you realize your imaginings and share them with other PMA360 attendees.
April School Vacation Week at the PMA is all about learning and experiencing art through game-playing. Choose from our array of interactive prompts and non-competitive games, then head to the galleries to experience the art like you never have before. Most games are best for ages 7-15 years and caregivers, but we will also provide simple color and shape activities for our youngest art-loving visitors (2+ years).
This year the PMA will once again be a hosting venue for Slow Art Day, in which people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at works of art that we have chosen, and then meet in the PMA Café to discuss them. Come by yourself or with a group, focus on the art, and savor the joy of looking.
PMA360 is a monthly series as part of select Free Fridays. It introduces innovative ways to engage with the museum, through special guests, exclusive gallery experiences, craft cocktails, and more! It's a new way to PMA.
This May, it's Bike Night at the PMA! We're teaming with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to offer a bicycle-themed evening at the museum.