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November 4th, 2004
Museum Offers Gallery Tours, Family-Friendly Performances, Craft Demonstrations and More During Winter/Spring Season

The Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes families to take part in exciting hands-on activities, gallery tours, performances, storytelling, and kid-friendly tours during the winter/spring 2005 season of Family and Children’s Programs. The Museum continues to set a national standard for excellence in its educational offerings that include art classes, family activities, lectures, teacher resources and workshops, and accessible programs for people with disabilities.

Something Every Sunday
The award-winning Something Every Sunday program offers imaginative ways for families to explore the galleries and to make their own art in the Museum’s studios. Museum admission is pay what you wish on Sundays, providing an affordable option for families to spend the day together. Among the many free activities offered is the popular Drawing Together, which encourages family members to try their hands in the galleries, assisted by an artist. Another favorite, and a perfect introduction for youngsters, is Early Bird Read and Look, which invites preschoolers and their families to a storytelling session followed by a related craft workshop. Self-guided family tours focusing on different aspects of the Museum’s collections are always available at the West Information Desk. For a full schedule, visit the website at www.philamuseum.org/education or call for a brochure at (215) 684-7580.

Something Every Sunday Schedule:
• Early Bird Read and Look (ages 3 to 5):

January 9 and 30: My Many Colored Days
February 6 and 20: Rap a Tap Tap
March 6 and 20: Momotaro the Peach Boy
April 10: A Chair for My Mother
Explorer’s Tour (ages 6 to 12):
January 23: Stories in Art
February 27: Learning to Look
March 6: Asian Art
March 13: Colony to Nation
April 3: Learning to Look
Drawing Together (all ages):
January 9, 16, and 23
February 6 and 27
March 13
April 3 and 17
Asian Craft Demonstrations (ages 6 and up):
March 6, 13, and 20
April 3, 10, and 17
Try a Technique (ages 6 to 13):
January 30: Chinese Scroll Painting
February 20: Tin Relief
April 10: Chairs
Tales and Treasures (ages 6 to 12):
January 9: The Stair Case Group
February 6: Ganesha
March 20: Greek Mythology

Special Family Events
Special Family Events are designed around a theme to highlight different artistic heritages through performances and hands-on activities at family-friendly prices. Museum teachers assist children in hands-on crafts that complement the performance.

  • Celebrate: China! January 16, 2005, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: The rich and vibrant cultural heritage of China comes alive through the acrobatic dances, thunderous music; and vibrant costumes of the Chinese Folk Dancing Company. With beating drums and twirling swords, Museum visitors will be whisked away to the imperial palace and the Chinese countryside. Families can finish off the day creating traditional Chinese crafts in the Make and Take Workshop or draw in the Chinese galleries during Drawing Together.
    Schedule:
    10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Make and Take Workshop
    11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Chinese Folk Dance Company Performances - $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers
    12 to 2:30 p.m.: Drawing Together
  • Celebrate: Japan! April 10, 2005, Fairmount Park Horticultural Center: Join Art Museum teachers at the Horticultural Center as they celebrate the eighth annual Cherry Blossom Festival with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. A Japanese Craft workshop will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.jasgp.org or call 215-799-3810.

Art Classes for Children
The Division of Education offers a host of studio art programs for children, using the masterpieces in the Museum’s permanent collections as sources of inspiration. No prior experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Classes this season run from January to April. Open registration will be held January 6, 2005, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Museum’s West Entrance. For a full schedule of classes, visit the Division of Education website at www.philamuseum.org/education or call for a brochure at (215) 684-7580.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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