The National Gallery of Art’s winter workshops for kids are about to start, and registration for one of them begins tomorrow, January 7. Two programs are being offered, one for kids ages 8 – 11, the other for ages 4 – 7.
The Family Workshop, Drawn into Nature, is for the older group and will take place on weekends beginning January 16. Designed for children and adults to participate in together, each two-hour workshop includes an interactive tour in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session taught by artists and museum educators. Workshops are free, but preregistration is required. An online registration form will be posted at noon tomorrow. Note: These are one-time classes; you don’t have to commit to an entire session. Visit the NGA website for more details and the complete schedule.
Younger children can enjoy the Stories in Art series, which will also take place weekly beginning January 16. This is a fantastic program that introduces kids to art and encourages them to use their imaginations as they explore different works. We attended one of the workshops this summer and loved it (read the review here). This winter, three stories will be paired with three sculptures in the collection. Museum staff will lead children in examining each sculptor’s materials and techniques, then guests will create their own work of art inspired by the artist’s process. No pre-registration is required for this free series, but there is a limit to the number of children in each class. Sign-in will take place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 11am on Sundays, and will continue until all spaces are filled. Visit the National Gallery of Art website for more details and the complete schedule.