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January 12, 2010

CW Art Museums engage young guests through hands-on activities during winter programs

Young guests to Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums can create their own memories of their visit with interactive programs through the winter. Many programs encourage children to create a memento to take home. These programs start at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

During Folk Art Afternoons, guests can drop in and create their own folk art object based on folk art from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection. 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Sunday, Jan. 17 and Wednesdays, Feb. 3-March 10. What’s a Fraktur? explores the German art of fraktur making and children then create their own certificate to take home. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Monday, Jan. 18 and Monday, March 1. Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket takes young guests and their families on a guided tour of the “Quilted Fashions” exhibition. They learn the nursery rhyme about Lucy Locket and view the 18th-century pockets on display. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Young visitors can drop in and try their hand at the German art of scissor cutting during Scherenschnitte – What’s That 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Fridays, Feb. 5-March 12. Families also can also drop in and create a work of art to take home inspired by the objects in the museum collections during Art Stop. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16, Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 6-March 13. An African American quilt maker will be the topic of Emma Russell’s Quilt at 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 5-26. Young visitors can also explore their creativity with a hands-on activity.

On a guided tour of the galleries, families will search artwork for flags, bald eagles, George Washington and Lady Liberty and create a keepsake to take home. Drawing on George will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 1. During Art Detectives, young guests will become art detectives on a guided tour of portraits in the galleries. Following the tour, they will make a mixed media portrait to take home. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. During Wee Folk children ages 3-7 and their families are invited to enjoy a story, explore the museum galleries and make a craft. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3 and 10. Real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the American Revolution is the focus of Crack the Code. Families can try their hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques they’ve learned. This program is geared for children ages 8 and older. 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to these programs.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

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. Beginning Jan. 4, the operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beginning March 15, hours revert to 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

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