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April 25th, 2002
Museum’s Upcoming Family Programs Include Summer Day Camp, Workshops, Performances, & Activities

From May 5, 2002 through August 25, 2002, the Division of Education offers a new season of Family and Children’s Programs including summer camps, a variety of workshops and performances, and Sunday activities designed to foster an enriching art experience for families and young people as they explore the Museum’s galleries.

New this summer, Medieval Merriment is an art and literature day camp that combines storytelling, writing, acting, and art projects for ages 8 through 12. For two one-week sessions (August 19 – 23 or August 26 – 30), children spend mornings at the Central Branch of the Free Library in Philadelphia learning about medieval times through a number of activities and then enjoy the afternoon at the Museum exploring the Medieval collection and creating projects inspired by all they see and experience each day. Additionally, the Museum offers Friday summer workshops that delve into particular art techniques such as plaster casting (July 19) or still life painting (August 9). See attached brochure for more information.

The Museum presents two special family events this summer with performances by nationally recognized entertainers. In celebration of Independence Day, John Flynn sings catchy children’s tunes and the Give and Take Jugglers perform feats of balance on Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The NATYA Ensemble demonstrates the beauty and grace of classical Indian dance on Sunday, August 4, 2002, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Each and every week all year long, the Something Every Sunday program—now in its 15th year—welcomes families to the Museum for a day of art activities such as hands-on art technique instruction in the studio, Greek and Roman mythology games inspired by the European collections, and exploration of art themes throughout the galleries. The Division of Education introduces "Meet the Artist," a new workshop that gives children ages 6 through 12 the unique opportunity to create an art project in the Museum studio alongside a locally recognized artist. This summer three artists provide young participants with personal insight and inspiration: Janice Merendino (June 9), Pauline Houston McCall (July 14), and George Barrick (August 11). Children are now invited to get a Family Program Passport stamped every time they take part in a Sunday family program and receive a surprise gift on their 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th visits.

The Museum offers art classes for children ages 3 through 12 that encourage the development of observation skills and creative thinking. A five-week Saturday mini-series held May 11 – June 15, 2002 (register now by calling 215/235-SHOW; subject to availability) provides an introduction to studio art classes held in spring and fall for ten-week terms. Open registration for fall art classes is Thursday, September 12, 2002 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. in the West Lobby of the Museum. Phone registration (215/235-SHOW) begins Friday, September 13, 2002. For additional information about enrolling in children’s art classes call 215/684-7605.

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