WALK­ING IN THE ARTISTS’ FOOT­STEPS

The Day - Sound & Country - - FRONT PAGE - By KAREN C.L. AN­DER­SON

Mu­seum (now known as the Home of Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ism) makes the same ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able to any­one who wants to pick up a paint brush.

Ev­ery Sun­day, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to try their hand paint­ing en plein air (in the open air), just like the Lyme Art Colony artists. Painters are given brushes, pal­ette, paint, can­vas and a smock and are sent to paint down by the river or in Miss Florence’s gar­den.

Make-A-Paint­ing Sun­days are held ev­ery Sun­day. In an ef­fort to make the mu­seum more “fam­ily-friendly,” ad­mis­sion is free to chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Be­sides that pro­gram, the mu­seum of­fers a range of new ac­tiv­i­ties for school-age chil­dren. Upon en­ter­ing the his­toric Florence Gris­wold House, fam­i­lies re­ceive an “Eye Spy” scavenger hunt sheet, with a list of ob­jects to find in each room. The ob­jects re­late to the core story of the mu­seum so par­ents and chil­dren can learn about the fa­mous artists who lived in the house.

In the Krieble Gallery, vis­i­tors re­ceive Can You Find Me? cards that en­cour­age them to search for de­tails in the paint­ings fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion. An­other game, Paint­ings and Po­etry, asks play­ers to find the paint­ing de­scribed in a poem and then add their own lines to the poem. A game for the gar­den and grounds is planned for late spring.

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to sign-up for the mu­seum’s monthly e-news­let­ter to be the first to know about up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing week-long camps and a chil­dren’s art con­test this sum­mer.

LEFT AND BE­LOW, PAR­TIC­I­PANTS IN THE FLORENCE GRIS­WOLD MU­SEUM’S “MAKE-APAINT­ING SUN­DAYS” TRY THEIR HAND AT PAINT­ING. PHO­TOS DANA JENSEN

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