Get Back to Nature with Worcester Art Museum Family Day

WORCESTER, MASS., MARCH 15, 1999 - Looking for an inexpensive, educational, fun-filled way to spend a Sunday afternoon? The whole family can gear up for Earth Day - and learn to better appreciate the landscape of America as seen through the eyes of 19th-century artists - at the Worcester Art Museum's Earth Art: A Natural Family Day on Sunday, April 11, from 1 - 4:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, and children age 17 and under will be admitted for FREE.

Get back to nature during this special Family Day inspired by the Hudson River School painters and their love of the land. The Worcester Art Museum is collaborating with Mass. Audubon Society and Mass. Community Water Watch to offer programs that will educate and entertain, and help you cherish our rapidly dwindling natural resources. Programs include:

  • Molecules in Motion -- Take on the role of a water molecule and learn about the different forms you can take. Brought to you by the Mass. Community Water Watch.
  • Tales of Mother Earth - Native American storyteller Paula Dove Jennings tells stories of the land, its beauty and importance.
  • Worcester Wildlife! - Wild animals right here in Worcester? Learn about what creatures may be lurking in your back yard with the Mass. Audubon Society.
  • Where the River Begins - Listen to this story of travel and adventure written by Thomas Locker and make up an adventure of your own.
  • Studio activity: I Spy! - Every nature explorer needs a pair of binoculars! Make a pair that is all your own.
  • Studio Activity: Prints from Nature - Nature doesn't just inspire art, you can make prints using a variety of objects from the earth.
  • Game: Journey to the Atlantic - Become a water droplet and find out about what you encounter on your trip from Coes Pond in Worcester to the Atlantic Ocean. Mass. Community Water Watch.
  • Water, Plants and More: A Pond Ecosystem - Become a part of the pond and learn about how pollution affects the environment. Mass. Community Water Watch.
  • Water, Water Everywhere! - This interactive model of a watershed is a fun way to learn about where our water goes and what happens when waters get polluted.
  • Nature Around the Worcester Art Museum - Learn about the natural world right outside the Worcester Art Museum and tours by the Mass. Audubon Society.
  • Puzzles in the Paintings - Hunt for the natural world in paintings from the Hudson River School exhibition.
  • Information Tables - Find out more about programs in Worcester that help you help the earth. Organizations to be represented include the Regional Environmental Council, the Blackstone River Watershed, and the Worcester Department of Public Works.

While you're at the Museum, be sure to visit the major spring exhibition "All That is Glorious Around Us": Paintings from the Hudson River School. Hudson River School artists painted dramatic landscapes that revealed both the tranquility and turmoil America's settlers endured as they transformed the county during the 19th century. You can experience nature at its best with the glorious sunsets, gracefully bowed trees, and majestic mountains featured in this exhibition of approximately 75 paintings from America's first national school of landscape painting. It's a journey you'll never forget!

Earth Art: A Natural Family Day is a fun way to introduce your children to Earth Day, a national celebration held annually in late April. Expanded parking on Lancaster Street makes visiting the Museum more enjoyable than ever before. For more information about Family Day, call the Museum's Education Department at 508.799.4406, X3007 or X3056.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.