PMA Family Day: Seeing Each Other with Visiting Artist Anne Sibley O'Brien

PMA Family Day: Seeing Each Other with Visiting Artist Anne Sibley O'Brien

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Family Day: Seeing Each Other with Visiting Artist Anne Sibley O'Brien
Saturday, May 13
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Portrait workshop from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
The workshop is free with admission. Registration is highly recommended.

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Artist Anne Sibley O'Brien joins families to explore different ways to make pictures of people. Her workshop uses examples from her own book illustrations to show her process in addition to exercises in drawing feelings and facial features. She'll also demonstrate a variety of media and how to use shadow and light in drawing faces.

The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection provides inspiration to explore portraiture, from surrealist paintings by René Magritte to Cubist works by Pablo Picasso to the colorful pastels of children and dancers by Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. In our Pop-Up Studio, use props and costumes and pose so someone can draw a portrait of you—or just draw a self portrait. Family-friendly gallery tours provide context. Guest artist Anne Sibley O'Brien will share her portraits and offer feedback on your artwork.

To honor Mother's Day, all mothers receive a complimentary coffee or tea in the PMA Café during Family Day hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

About our guest artist: Writer and illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien of Peaks Island has created more than thirty picture books which have received numerous awards for their expressive portrayals of diverse children and cultures. In 2014 she received the Katahdin Award for lifetime achievement from the Maine Library Association. Her most recent picture book is I'm New Here, about three immigrant children. Find out more at


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What & When

February 15

7 8 p.m. - Pre-party and cocktail hour for #PMAbash Host Committee with artists from the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - 2018 Winter Bash

Questions about the bash?

For more information, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Ashleigh Hill, Special Events and Stewardship Associate at (207) 494-5346.