What We Did for Summer Vacation

I don’t know if kids are still asked to do the obligatory “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” report when the school year begins, but this is how we spent ours!

Mary Jordan facilitating Sketching in the Galleries.

This summer we had two fun Wednesday programs for families. We were lucky to have Mary Jordan, one of our graduate summer interns, teach drawing to families for the Sketching in the Galleries for Kids program. Mary has a great deal of experience in medical illustrating and was able to bring a new perspective to drawing from works of art. Each week, she focused on a different gallery in the Museum and taught families a wide variety of skills. Visitors used charcoal pencils, colored pencils, and ebony pencils to practice sketching techniques.

Mary giving tips on technical drawing.

We also had story time in the galleries. This was a special program because the stories were read by members of the Museum staff.

Natalie Edwards, Human Resources Assistant, reads to a group of children in front of a painting by Monet.

Each week the stories occurred in different galleries, and Museum staff who normally may not spend a great deal of time with children in the galleries were excited to take a break from their normal routine to talk about art with kids.

Denise Helbing, Manager of Partner Programs, reads a book about a bear who loves to paint!

Amy Copeland, Coordinator of Learning Partnerships with Schools and the Community reads a story in the Decorative Arts gallery.

What an exciting summer!

Posted by Amanda

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