PMA Family Day: "Faces, Features, and Feelings"

PMA Family Day: "Faces, Features, and Feelings"

Join museum educators from across Maine for a day of art-making, storytelling, writing, and collaboration during PMA Family Day. Educators from the Farnsworth Art Museum, University of Maine Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art will use the popular summer exhibition, Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail, as inspiration throughout the day.

Look, listen, and share during all-ages gallery talks; try your hand at independent and collaborative art projects; pick up a gallery map just for kids. Do you still have tots in the stroller? Try out our new sensory art cards, which provide developmentally appropriate prompts for even the youngest visitors. Come when you want, and stay as long as you want. Let’s have some fun.

STORIES OF THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE: STORYTELLING SESSIONS
10 a.m. to noon

Use works of art to sharpen creative writing skills! Through careful noticing, sketching, group collaboration, and independent writing, explore how art tells a story and create new stories of your own. We will focus on character development, setting, and descriptive writing. Hosted by Andrea Curtis, Educator from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Best for ages 7+ years.

GALLERY TOUR FOR FAMILIES: PORTRAITURE
10:45 a.m.

Learn more about portraiture and how artists create mood and emotion on a docent-led, family-friendly tour. Best for ages 4+ years.

SCRATCH DRAWINGS
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Part of the Pop-Up Studio in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall

Using Berenice Abbott's photographs of the quiet waters of Maine and the facades of New York City skyscrapers, participants will explore ways of creating a mood or feeling in art. The word “photography” means "to draw with light". Participants will be instructed on how make their own "light" drawing by scratching on special surfaces that reveal metallic tones. Hosted by Kat Johnson, Education Coordinator at the University of Maine Museum of Art. Best for ages 4+ years.

PASTEL PORTRAITS
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Part of the Pop-Up Studio in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall

After getting inspired by portraiture in the galleries, sit down to create your own portrait of yourself or of someone else. Using pastels and easels, we’ll look closely at facial features to create one-of-a-kind drawings. Best for ages 4+ years.

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.

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Admission

Free with museum admission; children under 12 are always free and youth ages 13-17 are always $6.