Families

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Families

Check out the redesigned and expanded Art & Nature Center and the featured exhibition Beyond Human, Artist–Animal Collaborations.

Where else can you fold an origami penguin, meet a live wolf and make your own finger puppets? At PEM, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to discover new adventures in art with your family and friends. Get swept up in the excitement of an Atrium Alive weekend festival and make new friends in our PEM Pals and Story Trails programs. Come experience PEM — together.

Gallery Spot

Select Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Drop by and join a museum educator in the galleries to get a closer look at one of the objects or artworks on display. Discover the materials and ideas that were used to create each object and have a conversation with an educator. This is a great jumping off point to exploring the rest of the galleries at PEM.

Drop-in Art Making

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm
Included with museum admission
Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available.

Art Investigations

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm, ask for cart's location at the information desk.
Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

PEM Pals

Wednesdays, 10:30am
Ask for location at the information desk
included with museum admission
This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Studio Discoveries

The opening of the new art studios in the Art & Nature Center helps us kick this program into high gear. Meet artists and designers of all types, get an up-close look at some of their tools and learn about different techniques. Come explore and create together in this exciting program for all ages.



Support for Family Programs provided in part by the Lowell Institute, American Dental Partners and Target.

Related events For families

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Backyard Heroes
Story Trails
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Do you really know what goes on in your backyard under the light of the moon? William Joyce imagines a mighty kingdom of insects and their protectors, in his book The Leaf Men. Join us as we explore Branching Out in the Art & Nature Center and create your own plant-inspired character designs!

 

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

The Big Draw
Weekend Festival
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

If you've ever uttered the words, "I can't draw," then this festival is for you. All around the world people gather every October to doodle, sketch, think and share at Big Draw community events.

 

Animal Impressions

10 am-12:30 pm | Create Space 2

Alexander Calder is a celebrated sculptor, but did you know he was also a sketcher? Using his book Animal Sketching as inspiration, create sketches of your own with illustrator/educator Erica Beade.

 

Screen Time

10 am-4 pm | runs ever half hour
Morse Auditorium

Sit back, relax and watch some of our favorite animated short films about drawing.

 

Tape Takeover

10 am-4 pm | Atrium

Behold the swift and sticky power of tape as a drawing tool. See how professional tape artists create a world of their own on our walls. Stick around for the tear down at 4 pm!

 

Room with a View

10 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge

Using only a darkened box, a pinhole and available light, our huge homemade camera obscura projects crystal-clear scenes that can be traced and turned into art.

 

Pop-Up Art Gallery

10 am-4 pm | Create Space 1

Students from Salem's Phoenix School transform our Create Space into an art gallery as part of the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge. Come create a drawing to add to the walls!

 

The Sketchbook Project

10 am-3 pm | outside PEM

The Mobile Library, a traveling collection of more than 30,000 artists' sketchbooks, is parked outside PEM all day. Get inspired by works from all over the world!

 

Drawn Together

Noon-3 pm | Artists's Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem

The Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (SCAM) has something fun in store for The Big Draw. Head to their studio (just around the corner) and take part in a choreographed drawing activity.

 

Construction Zone

1-3 pm | Create Space 2

Explore scale, measurement and engineering while constructing a 3-D cardboard maquette with installation artist Kirsten Reynolds. What's a maquette? Check out the Calder exhibition to find out.

 

Studio Discovery

Sticks and Stones
1-3 pm | Axelrod Walkway (outside PEM)
Made possible by American Dental Partners

Eco-artist Cynthia Robinson takes the studio outside. Using the Art & Nature Center exhibition Branching Out for inspiration, experiment with recycled and natural materials to build a sculpture park.

 

 

 

 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot – canceled
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot has been canceled for today.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Drop-in Art Making
Art Nook
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Included with museum admission

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
The Medium of Wood
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Included with museum admission

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.