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January 11, 2012

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Offer Hands-on Family Activities This Winter

Guests are invited to come in out of the cold and explore numerous events and programs offered by the Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., in Williamsburg.

This winter season, programs include:

  • “Scherenschnitte…What’s That?” Try your hand at the German art of scissor cutting and create a keepsake to take home. Among the choices are simple silhouettes as well as more intricate designs to snip out in the same manner as Swiss and German immigrants did in the 18th and 19th centuries. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26.
  • “Art Stop.” Create a work of art to take home inspired by objects in the collection during the program at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 14 through March 10.
  • “African American Folk Art.” Explore 18th- and 19th-century folk art created by or depicting African Americans and discover what it tells about their lives through the program at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6-27.
  • “Love Notes.” Celebrate love by creating Valentine cards inspired by objects in the collection at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
  • “Toys.” Create a toy inspired by an object in the collection. This hands-on activity begins at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Feb. 13 and 20.
  • “Explore the Declaration of Independence.” Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, as well as to create a patriotic souvenir to take home. The program takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 13 and 20.
  • “Magical Creatures.” Search the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns through a guided tour while recording your discoveries in a book to take home. This family-friendly tour begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and 22.
  • “Material World.” Explore the world of art through the eyes of a conservator. Alternating hands-on activities with a teaching component, the programs help children see how interconnected science and art truly are. This program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 15, 22, 29 and March 7.
  • “Across the Landscape.” Examine landscapes and scenes found in paintings and other objects on exhibit, followed by making a mixed media landscape picture to take home. The guided tour begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and 22.
  • “What’s a Theorem?” Learn about theorem paintings and then make a stenciled picture to take home. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23.
  • “When Insects Invade: The Unwanted Museum Visitor.” Discover more about a museum conservator’s job by learning what types of insects museums worry about, what kind of damage they can do and how conservators deal with them. This program begins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, March 1 and 8.
  • “Growing Up Like George Washington.” Uncover what it was like to grow up in the days of George Washington at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24.
  • “Crack the Code.” Learn about real secret codes and ciphers used by George Washington and other leaders during the Revolution. Try your hand at “cracking the code” using the spy techniques at 4 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24.
  • “Scrapbook Colonial Williamsburg.” Join a museum educator and create a mini scrapbook to commemorate this trip to Colonial Williamsburg. The hour-long program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6.

    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 include 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, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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