WALKING IN THE ARTISTS’ FOOTSTEPS
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