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  • Free August 2017

    free august 2016 at worcester art museum

    Enjoy a whole month of art for FREE!


    Join our fun, themed activities each week this Free August:
    Week of August 2: Medieval
    Week of August 6: Ancient Civilizations
    Week of August 13: American Art
    Week of August 20: Art Since the Mid-20th Century


    Courtyard Games

    Giant Chess and Bean Bag Toss (weather permitting)



    Helmutt's Summer Vacation
    Have you met Helmutt? Helmutt is an armor-wearing board hound statue. This summer he'll be taking a vacation in the Museum visiting different works of art each week. See if you can find Helmutt each time you visit WAM! Look for clues on our Facebook page.

    Drawing Center
    McDonough Court, 4th Floor
    Visit our new drop-in drawing center, where you can sketch from the Maya Column, use coloring sheets, or just use your imagination. Free; open museum hours.

    Art Carts
    FREE activities offered at the Art Carts may include: mosaics, scavenger hunts, drawing, coloring activities, fun games, try-on armor, and much more!


    Families @ WAM Make Art
    Saturdays 11-11:30am
    Families - Stay after your family tour (starting time 10:30 am), or drop-in for this fun intergenerational time in the galleries. Get inspired by our art and try making something uniquely yours. Materials will be provided. Come recover your childlike sense of free spirited play!

    Collection Highlight Tours
    Fridays, 2pm
    Join WAM curators and educators for a 30-minute tour of highlights from their galleries of specialization.
    August 4: Medieval Gallery with Curator Jeffrey Forgeng
    August 11: Ancient Galleries Sampler Tour with Educator Sarah Leveille
    August 25: Reusable Universes with Curator Vivian Li

    Arms & Armor Demonstrations
    Sundays and Saturdays at 11:30am, see our events calendar for dates.
    Join us for this fun interactive program, and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers, including Roman soldiers, Norse warriors, Medieval knights, samurai, and beyond!

    Tour of the Month: Portraits: Stories of People in Art.
    Saturday, August 5 and 19, 2-3pm.
    Who is that person in the painting? What clues can you find about their interests, status, or personality? How has the way artists depict people changed over time? Artworks from the United States and Europe are featured on this tour. Tour begins in the Lancaster Welcome Center.

    Family Tour
    Saturdays, 10:30-11am
    Explore the Museum galleries with your family in a docent-guided discovery tour. Hear fun facts, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.

    Nude Drawing in the Galleries
    Thursdays, 2-5pm
    Visitors are invited to set-up their drawing boards in the galleries for the rare opportunity to draw from life. Models pose among masterworks by such artists as Veronese, El Greco and Rembrandt. Beginners and seasoned artists alike are welcome to join a studio class faculty member as they teach new skills and techniques, all within the inspirational setting of the Museum. Participants should bring their own supplies. Graphite or colored pencils, erasers, drawing boards (23" x 26" or smaller). Stools will be provided.

    Art + Market
    Saturdays, 10am-4pm
    Cover your produce needs this summer with our perennial favorite vendor, Dick’s Market Garden. All items for sale are locally grown in Lunenburg, MA. Enjoy the Museum galleries before or after your market visit! Market runs Saturdays through October 21, 2017, and does not operate during anticipated lightning. Sponsored by Webster Five. Media Partner is Worcester Magazine.

    Stroller Tours
    Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am
    It's never too early to visit the Worcester Art Museum to start learning about art! This tour is designed for children 0 - 3 years old, their siblings, and their parents/grandparents/guardians. A Museum teacher will engage caretakers and their infants and toddlers with art and stories in the galleries. Stroller access to Lancaster Lobby is through our Tuckerman Street Entrance; the Salisbury Street Entrance is closed at 10:30am.

    Sunday Public Tour
    Sundays, 1pm
    Join one of our talented docents for an overview of the Museum's collection.

    Zip Tours
    Saturdays, 1pm; 20-minute, fast-paced views of one artist or artwork.
    August 5: Guanyin
    August 12: The Chapter House
    August 19: Speicher, The Golden Shawl
    August 26: Hogarth, Meet Mr. & Mrs. James

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