Events for Families

Saturday
May 21, 2016
11:00 am
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.
Friday
June 17, 2016
4:00 pm
Teens from the educational arts nonprofit A Company of Girls created one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by artworks from the PMA collection. Visit the galleries to view their designs and learn about their processes.
Saturday
June 18, 2016
11:00 am
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. After you choose a work from the collection, they’ll help you create a series of visual interpretations through writing, sketching, pastels, and collage.
Saturday
July 9, 2016
11:00 am
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.
Saturday
August 20, 2016
11:00 am
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.
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