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    february vacation at Worcester Art Museum

    February 21 - 26, 2017
    Warm up with art during our February Fun School Vacation Week!
    From art workshops for kids to family activities to exploring art and culture throughout the Museum, there is always something to do during school vacation weeks at WAM!

    Here's what's happening this February:

    Ongoing Activities

    Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24

    Tell me a Story! One-day studio art workshops for ages 3-17
    Let your child's imagination run wild with colors, shapes, and more inspired by the exhibition, KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley. Choose from a wide array of two and four hour workshops for youth and teens. Lunch and extended day available. Please note: although classes are held on Tuesday, the Museum is not open to the public on that day.

    Wednesday, February 22 - Sunday, February 26

    KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley
    Dive into the imaginative world of shapes, colors, monsters, characters, and animals in this comprehensive retrospective of one of the world's most prolific picture book illustrators. This family-friendly exhibition includes hands-on activities and a Paul Bunyan-themed reading area. Want to bring home an Ed Emberley picture book? Stop by the Museum Shop for a selection of favorites.

    Medieval Galleries
    Get a taste of life in the Middle Ages in our newly reinstalled Medieval Galleries, which feature many arms and armor objects from the John Woodman Higgins Collection. Digital interactives and hands-on experiences bring rare and beautiful works of art to life and explore the medieval world through tales of castles, towns, and monasteries, of bishops, knights, and nuns, and of the trade routes that connected the cities of Europe to the Silk Roads and Timbuktu.

    Drawing Club
    Stop at the admission desk in the Lancaster Welcome Center and check out a tote bag with drawing supplies, so you can sketch during your visit to the galleries.


    Scheduled Activities

    Helmutt's Drop-in Studio
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 22 - 24, 11am-12pm and 1-3pm
    Sunday, February 26, 2-5pm
    Try out some of the techniques artist Ed Emberley uses to create his colorful picture books in this drop-in studio, located in the Higgins Education Wing. While you're here, be sure to visit KAHBAHBLOOOM: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley.

    Art Carts
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 22 - 24
    1pm - Family Fun: Fun and Games
    2:30pm - Family Fun: Antioch, the Hunt Mosaic & WAM

    Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26
    2pm - Family Fun: Arms and Armor

    Look for our Art Carts in the Museum for hands-on activities, led by a Museum educator.

    Arms & Armor Demonstrations
    Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 11:30am
    Join us for this fun, interactive program for all ages and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers of long ago.

    Zip Tours
    Saturday, February 25, 1pm
    Take a 20-minute tour of An Identified Lady Wearing A Green Dress with Jewelry by John Samuel Blunt.


    All activities, except for studio art workshops, are free with Museum admission. Museum Members always visit for free. Not a Member? Join now!

    Funding for family programs is made possible in part by the recently established Jeanne Y. Curtis Fund for Family Programs, aimed at supporting the Museum's efforts to engage visitors of all ages in meaningful ways.