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Artful Conversations (Ages 8–11)

Many museum visitors spend only a few seconds looking at a work of art. Find out what you can discover when you spend a whole hour exploring one work of art! Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity, and creativity to these guided discussions that delve deep into masterpieces from the Gallery’s collection. Each conversation, led by museum educators, is accompanied by short sketching and creative-writing exercises.

Artful Conversations is designed for children and their adult companions. The program is free but preregistration is required. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, June 21, registration links will appear on this page. If you do not see the link, remember to refresh your Internet browser. 

Summer 2017 Series

Workshops take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Each week focuses on a different work of art and theme. Families may sign up for one, two, three, or four program dates.

Edward Hopper, Ground Swell, 19391939 Edward Hopper, Ground Swell, 1939, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund), 2014.79.23

Week 1: July 7, 8, and 9
Picturing Summer: Jump inside a summery scene and imagine the characters and setting in a story you create.

Registration is currently full.

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William Merritt Chase, A Friendly Call, 18951895 William Merritt Chase, A Friendly Call, 1895, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1943.1.2

Week 2: July 14, 15, and 16
Step Inside: Investigate a scene of home life and consider how the details reveal stories about the people who live there.

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Thomas Moran, Green River Cliffs, Wyoming, 18811881 Thomas Moran, Green River Cliffs, Wyoming, 1881, oil on canvas, Gift of the Milligan and Thomson Families, 2011.2.1

Week 3: July 21, 22, and 23
Explore Outdoors: Journey through a beautiful landscape to discover how artists use weather, the seasons, and the natural world to evoke mood.

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Sigmar Polke, Hope is: Wanting to Pull Clouds, 19921992 Sigmar Polke, Hope is: Wanting to Pull Clouds, 1992, polyester resin and acrylic on canvas, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 1993.59.1

Week 4: July 28, 29, and 30
Playful Techniques: Learn about the experimental processes used by artists to express their ideas in paint and then play with your own ideas.

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Multiple Visit Programs

The Gallery offers a series of programs designed to engage families across the developmental spectrum of their child.  Both programs aim to inspire curiosity and strengthen observation and thinking skills, which develop over time and through multiple encounters with works of art.  By slowing down and closely examining one work of art during each program session, families deepen their understanding of art.  The programs aim to provide models for families to explore art together on their own in the museum.

Teen Programs

Explore workshops designed for students in grades 7 through 12.