Programs

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Programs

Gallery Spots

Stop by one of the galleries to meet a museum educator and discover more about one of the pieces on view.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM’s galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30 am. No reservations required.

Studio Discoveries

This is a drop-in, hands-on program for families and kids of all ages to get creative and sometimes messy! Explore art-making and art materials in depth while meeting and learning from real artists.

Weekend Art Activities

Make art together inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1—3 pm. No reservations required.

Weekend Festivals: Atrium Alive

Free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages. Art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations and more. Some events might require reservations.

School Vacation Week

Programming for children and families held during Massachusetts public school vacations in February and April. Some events might require reservations.

Related events For families

Drop In Art Making: Magnetic Graphic Design
Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY

Get inspired by the graphics of California Design to create an abstract magnetic puzzle.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Drop In Art Making: Magnetic Graphic Design
Friday, April 25, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY

Get inspired by the graphics of California Design to create an abstract magnetic puzzle.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Engage with an Elephant

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Studio Discovery - Visualizing Verse
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Studio Discoveries

Join artist Yetti Frenkel as she shares her process of making mosaics to illustrate poetry. Then make your own colorful artwork.

 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

Hairballs and Haiku
Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

Enjoy lively poems from the viewpoint of a very opinionated cat, and get inspired to write your own haiku in your new hand-bound book.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Engage with an Elephant

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Engage with an Elephant

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Engage with an Elephant

Check out the toy elephant made by husband-and-wife-artists Charles and Ray Eames.  The couple invented a way of molding plywood that was adapted by the military.  Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation.

 

Monsters in the Cliffs
Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

Seashells of stone and bones of giant monsters light the imagination of a young girl named Mary Anning. Learn more about this early dinosaur hunter as we read Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt then create a glue-resist fossil painting of your own.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Studio Discovery
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Create Space

Pronto Plates are a new type of lithography that live up to their name - you can make a lot of prints, pronto! Come check out PEM's new press and make your own Pronto print to take home.

Made possible by American Dental Partners