Children/Family Program

Come to the Farnsworth and join in the Halloween spirit!

Schedule of events from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
  • Decorate your own trick-or-treat bag
  • Enjoy face painting
  • The film It's the Great Pumkin Charlie Brown will run in the museum auditorium throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m.
The Farnsworth is collaborating with the Penobscot Marine Museum to present a shadow box workshop. A shadow box can tell a story, honor a person or event, focus on a theme, or can be an assemblage of related or unrelated objects. In this workshop, participants will create a unique, self-contained diorama within a box, using a wide variety of techniques and materials including collage, assemblage, sculpture, painting, lettering, and more. A collection of objects and materials will be provided. Participants may also bring special objects and materials of their own to incorporate into their shadow boxes. Each participant will choose whether to bring an empty shadow box or use a provided 12” x 12”x ¾” black framed style.
This weeklong workshop will provide kids ages 8 to 12 years old with a strong foundation of artistic skills including color understanding, line variety, and what makes a strong composition. There will be many creative opportunities for participants to share their unique stories and ideas. Weather permitting the group will work outside and make visits to the Farnsworth museum and local gallery shows. Students should come with a bagged lunch. Each session will end with a positive critique of the day’s work, which parents are invited to attend.
Through a study of color, form, and space, young artists will transform a variety of media into unique artscapes. Venturing into the museum for discovery trips, participants will find inspiration from artists such as sculptor Louise Nevelson, photographer Paul Caponigro, and painter Andrew Wyeth. Through guided inquiry, children will explore how these artists create their places of imagination and carry the magic of these discoveries into the studio to transform materials into their own worlds of imagination. A healthy snack will be provided, and kids should also plan on bringing a lunch along with their creativity. Instructor Kathleen Gass studied drawing and fiber arts at the State University of New York and has been an art educator for the past 20 years.
Location: Gamble Education Center
In this one-day workshop, kids ages 5 to 7 years old are invited to come with their parents to learn simple printmaking processes. Using safe and easy to handle materials, kids will get to experiment with basic stamping, creating drypoints on soft plates, and building up surfaces with hand cut forms for relief printing. Participants will get to leave with a small portfolio of their original artwork. The workshop will be led by Kelly Finlay, Education Coordinator at the Farnsworth.
Location: Gamble Education Center
Level: ages 5 to 7 years
Class size: limited to 10 students
Cost: $10 members, $12 nonmembers
On Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth invites you to see a free puppetry performance live at The Strand Theatre exploring the themes of love and trust, and the struggle to grow and change. Like an invisible thread connecting us with the people of ancient Greece, the story of Cupid and Psyche celebrates the human spirit in the best kind of tale: a love story with a happy ending.

During school vacation week this February, families are invited to three afternoons of fun, art-related activities and exciting performances. The festival will include engaging in-gallery activities and hands-on art-making, followed by a live music, dance, and puppetry performances.

Wednesday, February 23
Enjoy an exploration of movement and inspiration! After looking at works of art, make three-dimensional sculptures with your body, then make a piece of sculpture to take home. Experience contemporary dance with Katie Thompson from the Rockport Dance Conservatory.

Join us in the museum library as the 14 Strings Jazz Trio performs jazz standards. The 14 Strings Jazz Trio is:

Jon Luoma - Viola
Jon an artist and illustrator, studied jazz composition at University of Maine Augusta. He has also played in the UMA Tour Band directed by Steve Grover .

Harry Richter - Guitar
Harry makes and repairs violins at his shop, Somerset Violins, in Waterville. Jon plays a viola made by Harry. Harry also studied jazz guitar at the University of Maine in Augusta, UMA .

Join us as the Camden Hills Regional High School Womens Choir & Chamber Singers performs live in the museum's Wyeth Center second floor gallery. Both ensembles will be led by Kimberly Murhpy

Join us as we see again, or for the first time, the beloved holiday classics Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Popcorn and apple juice box will be provided for all children.

All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Seating is limited. Please call 596-0949 for reservations.