Storytime in the Museum | Daily Dose

Monday, April 11, 2016

Storytime in the Museum

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Margaret Vetare and Vassar student docents engage museum-going preschoolers at Storytime in the Museum - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Margaret Vetare and Vassar student docents engage museum-going preschoolers at Storytime in the Museum

A group of preschoolers gathered on a magic carpet at the foot of a painting by Matisse. They had read The Iridescence of Birds, a story about the artist as a boy, and explored some nearby galleries in the permanent collection, looking for animals in the famous works of art. Now the magic carpet (a white drop-cloth) was flecked with boxes of colored pencils, foam shapes, and little white paper plates. There was going to be a parade when the children finished their animal masks.

It was story time at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Gallery on Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie, and it’ll come again when the second and third art-related programs for preschoolers are held. Storytime in the Museum is a series of three sessions, each focusing on a different theme. The May session, Astronomy and Art ties into the Art Center’s special exhibition, Touch the Sky. The June session’s theme is Lines and Shapes in Art. "These programs are a wonderful way to expose very young children to art and art museums, but in the comfortable format of story time that so many children are familiar with," says Margaret Vetare, coordinator of public education and information for the Art Center. "We're excited to help introduce kids to the visual delights of an art museum and to do that through an age-appropriate set of activities (and appropriately brief visit) so that they associate museums with fun and comfortable places to be - maybe setting them on a lifelong course of embracing art."

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery, is a 36,400-square-foot facility which features approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. Charting the history of art from antiquity to the present, there’s an important group of Hudson River School paintings and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters. Families can explore it all before or after the story time. And don’t miss the awesome climbing trees on the lawn just outside the museum!
click to enlarge Preschoolers climb a tree outside the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Preschoolers climb a tree outside the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

Storytime in the Museum at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie: May 13 and June 3 from 1:30pm to 2:15pm; ages 3-5; free. No pre-registration necessary. The Art Center is located at the entrance to the Vassar College campus and open to the public most days. Parking is limited, with visitor parking marked on campus roads, and available in the North and South parking lots at either end of the college campus, just a short walk to the Art Center. For more info, check out their website or call (845) 437-5632. Ask about their groups for kindergarteners.
  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , ,

Speaking of...

  • An Exhibit of Helen Frankenthaler's Prints
  • An Exhibit of Helen Frankenthaler's Prints

    Over 25 prints by the pioneering abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler are on display at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
    • Oct 1, 2017
  • Fall 5K and Environmental Fair
  • Fall 5K and Environmental Fair

    On Sunday, September 17th, the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve will host a 5K Fun Run and Environmental Fair. It’s free and open to the public.
    • Sep 11, 2017
  • The Green Palette Community Center
  • The Green Palette Community Center

    The Green Palette Community Center in Midtown Kingston offers open studio sessions, workshops, classes, parties, and community outreach activities in a fun, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere.
    • Apr 10, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • It's a Circus in Phoenicia

    On Sunday, April 3rd, the award-winning local favorite Arm of the Sea Theater will perform The Rejuvenary River Circus on stage at the Phoenicia Elementary School.
    • Mar 28, 2016
  • All for Parkour

    Parkour is hard to describe. If you’re thinking of signing your kids up for one of the many kids, youth, and teen classes at Innate Movement Parkour in Kingston, you could just call it superhero training.
    • Apr 4, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Common Ground

Oct. 6-Nov. 13 — A photography exhibition by Ellen Lynch. The exhibit pairs separate photographs of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Daily Dose

More by Hillary Harvey

  • Seasonal Vintage Train Rides

    Discover the fall and winter landscapes from historic railroad lines' seasonal passenger excursions, which share a love of train travel with people of all ages.
    • Oct 16, 2017
  • Debating a Constitutional Convention

    Every twenty years, a question is automatically added to the New York State ballot: “Shall New York hold a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” In five weeks, on November 7th, voters all over New York will be asked to mark, yes or no. And on Monday, October 16th, that question will be publicly debated
    • Oct 9, 2017
  • O+ for Health and Wellness

    The O+ lineup will help you remember to take personal control of your health care while you enjoy the weekend's events and music.
    • Oct 2, 2017
  • More »

Current Issue

October 1-31, 2017
Issue Cover