Fun With Art for Preschoolers and Their Parents

For Immediate Release

February 27, 2009

Get preschoolers off to a good start...with art (and have a lot of fun, too). The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Start with Art program is an exciting, free series for preschoolers and their parents. Saturday, March 14, the last session in the series, will focus on the theme of faces. Special gallery talks will begin at 10 am with art activities from 11 am to 12 pm. Best suited for three- to six-year-olds and their parents. No registration necessary. Art project appropriate clothing encouraged.

On March 14, adults and preschoolers will begin the morning by exploring the collection with a gallery guide designed to help adults look at and talk about art in a developmentally appropriate way with their children. Stops on this self-guided tour include Mary Cassatt’s Woman with Baby and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Self Portrait.

Age-appropriate “painting talks” will introduce families to eye-opening details in some of the best-loved works of art at the Clark. Discover Musical Group by François Joseph Navez and the portrait George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

The fun continues with hands-on activities focused on faces. Construct a puppet, draw your self-portrait, and make a three-dimensional mask. In addition, coloring sheets featuring works of art in the Clark’s collection will be available.

The program is supported in part with funding from Greylock Federal Credit Union.

A visit to the Clark is a rewarding family experience year-round with 140 acres of scenic meadows and trails providing ample opportunities for families to hike, run and play, or spot the many birds inhabiting the area. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge. Free admission to the galleries is always offered to children 18 and under and students with valid ID.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November 1 through May 31. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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