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
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, July 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, July 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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.

PEM Pals Mini-Fest
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 9am - 12:30pm

Join us for this special morning of events just for PEM's youngest visitors. Get messy in the  Create Space, dance in the galleries, explore new art materials in the Atrium, grab some family-friendly snacks in our Atrium Café then cozy up in our special Book Nook!

 

Dancing Gallery Tours

9:15, 9:45, 11:30 am and noon
Meet at information desk

Move and groove through the galleries with our friends from Urbanity Dance. Take a closer look at some of the artwork, boogie down and jump around.

 

PEM Pals

10:30 am | Atrium

This fun, interactive programs with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Offered weekly, it is one of PEM's most popular programs. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Sensory Stations

9 am-12:30 pm | Atrium

Cut, tear, crumple and connect. Each station has a different art material to explore. Check out one or try them all!

 

PEM Collection Creations

9 am-12:30 pm | Create Space

Get messy with our special guest, Stephanie from Out of the Box Studio in Marblehead.  She'll share some art-making projects inspired by works at PEM.  

 

Book Nook

9 am-12:30 pm | Art & Nature Center

Looking for a quiet place to relax and recharge? Stop by our special Book Nook tucked away in the Art & Nature Center Art Nook. Get comfy with Simone from Salem Children's Library, discover new books and make your own bookmark.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

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

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, August 3, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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.

Push, Pull, Scrape & Stamp
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Studio Discovery

Discover how J.M.W. Turner experimented with paint, then meet abstract painter Rachel Desrochers, who uses everything from sticks to hockey pucks to make her art. Suit up with a smock to explore the tools and techniques that can be tapped to create an abstract painting. 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Island Mystery
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

Can an island disappear? Investigate the local secrets of a real place hidden by the tides in Corinne Demas' The Disappearing Island, then examine sand up close and create a sandpaper print to take home. 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 10, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 17, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 24, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

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, August 31, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

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
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.