Dream, Invent, Create: Be an Artist

Recommended for ages 4 to 13

Tuesday–Friday, April 21–24, 2015
10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

Enjoy making art, go on a family tour of the galleries, and join a workshop.  Enjoy free drop-in activities during April school vacation week.

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. (Kids 6 and under always get FREE admission to the MFA, and kids 7 to 17 are free during non-school hours. See Visiting with Kids for more information.)

Special Events

Family Tours | Every fifteen minutes from 10:15 am–Noon
Sharf Visitor Center
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 10:15 am Sign Language Interpretation
Come explore art that will spark you to dream and create. Great for all ages.

Story Hour | 10:30 am, 1:30 pm
Gallery 171
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 1:30 pm Sign Language Interpretation
Drop in to enjoy stories about inspiring young artists. Stay for one story or the whole hour.

Inspired Animation Performance | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 11:30 am Sign Language Interpretation
Join us to discover what inspires animators Brandon Strathmann and Stu Sufrin. Watch a short clip and learn how to design your own animated character.

Art-making Activities

Making Waves | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Visit “Hokusai,” the exhibition in the Gund Gallery, LG31, to see the woodblock print, Under the Wave off Kanagawa. Return to the studio to create your own Hokusai-inspired print.

Color Creations | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Look closely at the inventive painting in Gallery 255, Antibes, The Pink Cloud by Paul Signac. This picture is made up of many small dots and dashes of color in a style called Pointillism. Use oil pastels to invent your own Pointillist landscape.

Dreaming with Da Vinci | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Stop by the Torf Gallery, 184, to look at the drawings made by Leonardo da Vinci. He carefully observed objects and people. Return to the Shapiro Family Courtyard to observe and draw from a real-life model and natural objects.

Creating with Cut Paper | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Gallery 168
In Gallery 183, marvel at the innovative cut-paper creations of artist Wu Jian’an. Invent your own colorful cut-paper masterpiece!

Additional Resources

Art Connections Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Card and explore writing, chocolate, birds, and other themes throughout the Museum.
Made possible by The Lowell Institute.

MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour | Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
The MFA Guide kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas and Contemporary collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.
Available at all ticket desks. $5 member; $6 nonmember; $4 kids 17 and under. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | Sharf Visitor Center
Available in English and Spanish. Pick up this free pocket-sized informational guide on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together.

Behind the Scenes Galleries | Galleries 125 and 225, Art of the Americas Wing
Peek behind the scenes to learn about all the hidden work that happens every day at the MFA. Watch a video, explore the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy views of Boston.

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, call 617-267-9300 or TTY 617-369-3188, or e-mail Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System    Assisted listening device
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description    Audio description


MFA Guide: Art of the Americas content is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation; Art of Ancient Greece and Rome content is made possible through the generous support of The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; and Musical Instruments content is generously provided by the MFA Visiting Committee for Musical Instruments and the David L. Fishman Fund

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