September 2014 – June 2015
All Day! 10am – 5pm
Join Charter Oak Cultural Center and teaching artist Cheryl Cianci in a Zentangle workshop for all ages. Create your own relaxing doodle using beautiful pen-and-ink patterns.
Imagine walking down your street, what do you see? Learn about one-point perspective while creating your own imaginary Hartford street inspired by images from around the city and works from our collection.
Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra
Enjoy the sounds of Charter Oak Cultural Center’s youth orchestra in an outdoor performance featuring an ensemble of young musicians.
Colonel Pope and the Hartford Hot Several
Move to the rhythm of a Hartford-based brass band specializing in surprise performances and general ruckus.
Let’s Move! with CONNetic Dance
Pick up a Let’s Move! Family Guide at the Wadsworth and explore art and movement with interactive activities led by dancers from CONNetic Dance.
Explore art from a new point of view! Speakers with different areas of expertise give 15-minute, informal talks about artworks in our permanent collection.
All talks begin in Gray Court, just inside the museum’s Main Street entrance.
Out to Sea
Tommy Seda, Captain of the Quinnipiack in New Haven, brings his knowledge of life at sea to explore seascapes by three different artists in our European collection.
All About Kids
A young art enthusiast from the Boys & Girls Club at West Middle describes art from a kid’s perspective, focusing on depictions of children in American art.
He Said, She Said
Jama Holchin, a museum professional, and John Holchin, an engineer, talk about couples in art through the lens of their own experience as a married pair.
Back in Time
Scott Gac, the Director of American Studies at Trinity College, discusses tough topics of masculinity, race, and violence in relation to early American art in the collection.
Poet Bessy Reyna talks about the ways that art can inspire poetry, starting with one of her favorite paintings in the collection: Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Lawrence Tree.
Making Art Happen
David Borawski, art handler, artist, and curator of Atom Space gallery, talks about how his experience in various art-world roles has shaped his perspective on art in the collection.
Envisionfest Community Day is presented in partnership with The iQuilt Plan
Member Morning: On errythang (On everything): Museum members enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee in The Museum Café from 9 to 10am, then join Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, for a tour and discussion of Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170: On errythang (On everything).
This event is for museum members only; reservations required at (860) 838-4070. Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.
Not a member? Join now!
In observance of the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 11, Second Saturdays programming will take place in the afternoon from 1 – 4pm. Museum admission is free ALL DAY, 10am – 5pm.
Second Saturdays: Adventures & Expeditions: Look at Walton Ford’s painting that recalls an expedition to the North Pole in the Connections Gallery and find other works of art that take you to new territory! Imagine a destination and make an illustrated map to get you there and a journal to document your journey.
Free Family Tours:
- 1 pm, Museum Highlights
- 1:30 pm, Eyes on Art Family Tour
- 2 – 3 pm, Ask About Art
- 2:30 pm, Theme Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Second Saturdays: Stories by Frohawk Two Feathers: Jump into the fictional narrative of world domination created by MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers. Meet the artist, make your own artifact, and trace its origins in an epic story. Free admission 10am – 1pm.
Free Family Tours:
- 10:30 – 11am – ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
- 11:30am – noon – Eyes on Art Family Tour
Second Saturdays: Festive Days: Celebrate world holiday traditions during our annual Festival of Trees & Traditions! Make ornaments inspired by Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Three Kings Day. Free admission 10am – 1pm.
First Night Hartford: Create your own colorful work of art at First Night Hartford 2015 and celebrate the New Year with us!
First Night ticket required; visit firstnighthartford.org or purchase at the door.