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June 26, 2009

CW Art Museums open Education Studio for family programs

Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums now offer a new space for families to get their hands on history and art. The Education Studio is specially designed to let guests create a work of art to take home after participating in one of the many museum family programs.

Located in the former indoor garden at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Education Studio features a glass ceiling that lets in natural light. It also provides more than 1,500 square feet of room for tables and storage space for materials to enhance family creativity during programs. The increased size of the activity center provides more space to accommodate more guests.

Christina Westenberger, assistant manager for museum education, said she has received positive feedback about the Education Studio, “The guests love it and are immediately impressed when they enter the studio. The guests really appreciate a designated space just for creating and crafting, a place that is just for them.”

The new space can accommodate a wider range of art activities. Westenberger can expand museum family programs to include programs such as basic watercolor painting in the future.

Programs that can be enjoyed in the Education Studio this summer include:

  • World Turned Upside Down, 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 11, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Explore the exciting events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. Then create a patriotic souvenir to take home. For ages 10 and up.
  • Crack the Code, 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 11, Hennage Auditorium in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Learn about secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the American Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code,” using the spy techniques. For ages eight and older.
  • Wee Folk, 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays through Aug. 12, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Children are invited to enjoy a story, explore the museum galleries and make a craft. Designed for children ages three to seven. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Drawing on George, 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Aug. 12, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. On a guided tour of the galleries, families will search artwork for flags, bald eagles, George Washington and Lady Liberty. Participants then will make a keepsake to take home.
  • Folk Art Afternoons, 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Aug. 12, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Drop in and create your own folk art object based on the folk art collections to take home.
  • Magical Creatures, 1:30 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 28, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. On this special guided tour, explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns while recording your discoveries in a book to take home. For children ages eight and above.
  • Art Adventures, 1:30 p.m., Saturdays through Aug. 29, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore the art galleries on a guided tour for families investigating a special theme or collection of objects. Then create a work of art to take home.
  • Mini Masterpieces, 4 p.m., Saturdays through Aug. 29, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Drop in and create an artist trading card to commemorate your visit to Colonial Williamsburg’s museums. No experience is necessary. Bring your imagination for turning magazine and catalog photographs, copies of 18th-century prints and colored paper in a mini collage.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides access to enjoy these programs.

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
    Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. The museums are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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