PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public Programs for Kids and Teens

Family programs provide children and their adult companions the opportunity to connect while viewing and making art together. Each week we offer projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation and creative thinking through a variety of experiences and materials inspired by current artworks on view in the gallery space.

Story Tots
for Ages 3 - 5

Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
at The Manes Center

Free for Members, $5 per child for Non-Members

Children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and texture with art activities based on a new story each week. Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes. Begin with Story Time followed by an art project.

Studio Saturdays

NOT HELD IN JULY OR AUGUST, RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER

Open to all visitors
Free with museum admission

Drop into The Manes Education Center for hands-on activities inspired by our current exhibitions. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes before continuing out onto our lush grounds filled with trails, a sculpture park and gardens. 

Family Sundays

1:00 pm Family Tour in the Mansion
Drop in between 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at The Manes Center
Free for Members; Museum admission plus $3 materials fee per child for Non-Members

Converse, collaborate and create together during our Family Sundays. Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy lives to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New Projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition.

Enchanted Forest: A Super Family Sunday

Sunday, October 27
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Mansion
No reservations needed
$15 materials fee per family for Members; Museum admission plus $20 materials fee for Non-Members

Celebrate our 30 Years this October as the Museum’s forest transforms into a magical place full of inspiration. During our family-friendly Halloween celebration, come design a night sky mobile and use fall leaves, printmaking and special papers to create a layered collage inspired by the forest. Visit our animal friends from Volunteers for Wildlife and contribute to a community art project in our Outdoor Classroom. In addition to these activities, see the new PSE&G mobile energy lab with hands-on fun as we learn about how electricity works. Program will move indoors in case of rain. Reservations are not needed. 

Summer Programs for Kids and Teens

EDUCATION

Art Classes for Kids and Teens

Programs for young artists offer traditional art making classes which combine studio art skills with process based exploration. With projects focused on the connection between art, design, nature and science, opportunities for self-expression, creative thinking and problem-solving are encouraged by art educators in a supportive environment.

TUESDAYS

Art Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
April 2, 16; May 7, 21; June 4, 11

$180 for the Spring Series

Teens receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at the Museum, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle. 

THURSDAYS

Art After School
Ages 7 - 10

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:45 pm (10 weeks)
at The Manes Center

$300 Members; $350 Non-Members

Spark imagination, creativity and art based learning with traditional art making and contemporary concepts. Classes will combine studio art skills with process based explorations while discovering a variety of art materials, applications, surfaces, and learning about artists on view in our Museum. Young artists will create a series of projects in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms. Families and friends may celebrate with us on the final day of class with an art show beginning at 5:30pm.

College Portfolio Prep
Ages 14 - 17

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (8 Weeks)
at The Manes Center

$375 Members; $425 Non-Members

High School students develop college art portfolios with group and individual instruction. Focus on the elements and principles of art and design through application to individual students’ work, along with conversations about the work on view in our galleries. Participants work from live models* and still life arrangements in a variety of traditional art materials, participate in critique sessions and portfolio reviews under the guidance and support of a skilled artist, college educator, and college admissions associate. *includes model nudity.

FRIDAYS

Story Tots
Ages 3 - 5

Fridays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
at The Manes Center

Free for Members, $5 per child for Non-Members

Children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and texture with art activities based on a new story each week. Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes. Begin with Story Time followed by an art project.

SATURDAYS

Creative Expeditions:
For Children with Autism
Ages 5 - 12

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 11:15 am
April 13; May 11, 25; June 8, 15

$180 for the Spring Series

This innovative program gives families a chance to witness their child experience success in a welcoming and creative learning environment. Parents and caregivers will gain skills in behavioral methods which they can employ when bringing their child into a community setting. Families will engage in fun interactive gallery experiences that provide opportunities for everyone to look at and talk about art in a group setting followed by hands on art making activities that encourage experimentation with new materials, processes and creative play. Partial funding for our program for autism comes from the North Shore Autism Circle. 

Studio Saturdays

NOT HELD IN JULY OR AUGUST, RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER

Open to all visitors
Free with Museum admission

Drop into The Manes Education Center for hands-on activities inspired by our current exhibitions. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes before continuing out onto our lush grounds filled with trails, a sculpture park and gardens. 

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