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November 24, 2009

Discover your inner artist during CW's Festive Folk Art Workshops

Find inspiration from artwork by well-known folk artists at Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum to create your own artwork. During Festive Folk Art Workshops, guests have an opportunity to create their own masterpiece inspired by the Foundation’s folk art collections.

Christina Westenberger, assistant manager of museum education for Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums, will teach the workshops that include:

  • Holiday Strawberries, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Find inspiration from the folk art portrait of Arabella Sparrow and then stitch up your own basket of strawberry decorations.
  • Painting in Reverse, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Observe the painting, “The Wheat Stack,” and learn about the process of reverse painting. Then, enjoy creating your own masterpiece by painting on glass.
  • Quilted Brooches, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15. View decorative quilted objects on exhibit. Then try your hand at stitching a brooch inspired by a quilt.
  • German Folk Angels, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Explore the galleries for German inspired folk art. Then snip an angel ornament from tin.
  • Miles Carpenter’s Animals, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Learn about Miles Carpenter, wood carver and influential artist of animal art. Then follow Carpenter’s style by painting a twig frog.

    The programs will be held every Tuesday during the month of December at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides admission. A separate ticket is required. Tickets are $15 for adults and $15 for children.

    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.

    Bassett Hall will offer Holiday Ornament Workshops in December. Tour Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr., and enjoy the holiday decorations and numerous examples of needlework throughout the house. Then try your hand at creating your own needlework ornament. You will learn basic skills of cross stitch, receive supplies to create your own tiny sampler and go home with instructions to complete the project. The workshops will be held in the Bassett Hall Cottage at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $15 for children. Limited to 15 participants.

    Bassett Hall is located at 522 E. Francis St. and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides admission. A separate ticket is required. Tickets are $15 for adults and $15 for children.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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