PMA Family Days: "Exploring Sculpture"

PMA Family Days: "Exploring Sculpture"

Each month we offer one or more Family Days where we invite children and caregivers to engage with our exhibitions, each other, and one’s own creative spirit in unique ways. During last month’s family programming, the galleries were bustling with creative conversations, thoughtful sketching, and playful energy as hundreds of children and families visited during April school vacation week.

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. With support from visiting artists Leah Cross and Sarah Herboldsheimer, try your hand at additive and subtractive sculpture making. We will use everyday items both as inspiration and as our carving tools.

Leah Cross is an artist and teacher living in Portland. Leah uses a variety of media in her work, including ceramics, paint, textiles, and encaustic collage. She has been working with children in the Portland area for the last 14 years since moving to Munjoy Hill from the woods of western Maine in 2001. Leah’s art is currently hanging in several galleries and other venues throughout New England.

Sarah Herboldsheimer is a “Resident Artist” in many local schools specializing in large scale, collaborative, mixed-media projects. She grew up on a farm on the island of Vinalhaven where she learned the true meaning of being resourceful and building community. She has a particular passion for cardboard and other recyclable materials—making everyday items shine and seen in a new light. Her teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in the Stone Soup folk tale. She believes “individually we all have something delicious to offer… together, we feast.”

Sarah and Leah lead programs for Side X Side. Last month, they created papier-maché sea creatures at Riverton Elementary School. They are very excited for this PMA Family Day and can't wait to meet, and get creative with, the PMA kids!

While you're here, don't forget to check out our new installation in The Workshop, Inspired by the Everyday.

All activities are free with museum admission. Children under 14 are always free. Students receive the discounted price of $10. 

PMA Family Days run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about PMA Family Days, please contact Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning.

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