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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Family and Children's Programs 2007-8

Two girls painting together during the family day Exploring American Art!

A family explores the galleries during the program I Spy:Riddles and Searches at the Art Museum.

family looking
Using the gallery guide, a family explores the museum.

14 October
Exploring American Art!
A fun-filled afternoon looking at works of art that tell stories about life in America from the 1770s through the 1950s, including portraits of children, paintings of outdoor places in rural and urban America, and a variety of household objects. Children wrote and drew in a variety of brochures and painted their own picture of American life on canvas. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions.

18 November
Tell a Story of Art
Participants explored how stories are told in art through a variety of writing and discussion activities and created a handmade book for their own drawings and stories. For children ages 8 to 11.

27 January
The Art of the Stripe
Participants explored how Irish-born artist Sean Scully has taken a simple shape-a stripe-and made so much out of it with his art. A hands-on magnetic board activity allowed them to arrange, and rearrange, some of Scully's paintings to understand his creative process. In the studio, they worked with a variety of materials to design their own "stripe" creations. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions.

21 February
The Sounds of Art
This school vacation week program offered a chance to explore art through a variety of hands-on activities-imagining the sounds in a landscape painting and making it come alive, "playing the tune" of a work of art using a variety of musical instruments, and more. Open to children ages 8 to 11.

27 April
I Spy: Riddles and Searches at the Art Museum
Where in the Upper Valley can you find 3,000-year-old sculptures, an entire wall of stripes, and a work of art that swings? Come to the museum and spend the afternoon as an art detective, solving riddles and searching for fascinating objects. In the studio, you will find a variety of materials to create your own unique and fascinating work of art. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions. No pre-registration required.

ArtVentures are guided, interactive tours for children ages 8 and older. They include lively discussions, hands-on activities, and creative projects that engage children in the exciting exploration of works of art. ArtVentures take place from 10:00 to 11:30 AM the first Saturday of each month, October through May. Participation is limited to twenty.

6 October--Portraiture

3 November--Branching Out: The Art of Trees

1 December--Beautiful Pottery

12 January--Travel the World

2 February--Stripes, Stripes, Everywhere

5 April--Fit for a King: Jewelry of Ancient Assyria

3 May--Making your Mark: Calligraphy in Art

27 February, Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 P.M.
The Art of the Stripe: Exploring the Paintings of Sean Scully
Co-sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art and Howe Library
This after-school workshop for middle school students in grades 6 through 9 featured a discussion of abstract artist, Sean Scully's work, a museum visit, and an art project. Before the event, participants read selections from the exhibit catalogue. At the museum, the group explored the large and colorful paintings with a variety of looking, writing, and hands-on activities. In the studio, participants created their own "stripe" creations using a variety of materials. Enrollment limited to fifteen students.

5 March, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
The Art of the Stripe
Adults joined this lively, discussion-based program to learn more about the work of Sean Scully, one of the leading artists working in abstraction today. In the galleries, the participants discovered why he has been drawn to the expressive qualities of the stripe for over 30 years. The group then spent time in the studio with paint, pastels, and Polaroids and made their own striped creations. No previous art experience was necessary. Participation limited to fifteen.

Last Updated: 10/15/08