Children/Family Program

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. 

Join local author Chris Van Dusen in the museum library as he talks about how he creates his unique illustrations for his children’s books. The talk will be followed by a book signing of Chris' new book Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee—a must-have for your holiday shopping list.
Join us for an exciting holiday workshop, as pastry chef Steve Watts, owner of Sweet Sensations, in Rockport leads us through the art of Gingerbread house decorating. Families will build and decorate their own house made from gingerbread.

Materials supplied.
Suggested donation of $5 per family.
Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call 207-596-0949 to make reservations.

Join us for a three-day exploration of color, sculpture and story. Open to children ages 7 to 10, the class will venture into the museum to find inspiration in the colors used by painter Alex Katz, the forms of Louise Nevelson’s sculpture, and the stories expressed on canvas by N.C. Wyeth and in fiber by nineteenth-century rug hookers from Maine. Through guided inquiry the group will discover how featured artists work to accomplish their unique expressions. With these seeds of inspiration, students will explore color through painting, sculpt using various materials, and create clay relief artworks that tell their stories. Students will be instructed in basic color theory, as well as additive and low-relief sculpture techniques. Along with a daily field trip, the class will be provided with a nutritious midmorning snack.
Haven’t decided what do to over school vacation week yet? Get hands on with art at the FARNSWORTH!

The detailed schedule for Friday, February 19:

Exhibition highlight: Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories found in Coastal Maine
Activity: Creating elegant accessories with Elizabeth O'Haverty
Performance: Storytelling (Book: "When Agnes Caws"), plus classical music by Josie and Sophie Davis of the Callope Quartet
Haven’t decided what do to over school vacation week yet? Get hands on with art at the FARNSWORTH!

The detailed schedule for Thursday, February 18:

Exhibition highlight: Louise Nevelson
Activity: Nevelson assemblage project led by Denise Mitchell
Performance: Djump! An African drumming and dance ensemble