Calendar of Events

Jul
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Mother Time
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

View Giorgione’s La Vecchia with a docent and discuss how this painting, created 500 years ago, inspires us to think about the passage of time. Then create a portrait of your future self in the galleries.

Admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

 

 

 


Schedule:

ART MAKING 10am-1pm:

Time Capsules: Preserve a special moment in time and personalize a box that holds all of your favorite keepsakes. (Avery Court)

Pose Off: Try on different costume props and create a portrait of your future self (Morgan Great Hall).

TOURS:
10:30am & 12pm | ABCs: Art, Books, Connections 
Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults.

11am | Ask About Art 
Talk to a docent about what you see.

11:30am | Eyes on Art Family Tour
Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages.

MUSIC: Enjoy a Lute performance from Musician Hideki Yamaya (Avery Court).

 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Aug
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Giants and Miniatures
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover oversized and tiny treasures in the Wadsworth’s collection with a docent. Afterward design your own sculpture, big or small, to take home. 10am–1pm, free. 

Art Making 10am-1pm:

  • Zen Patterns:  Learn about Zentangle’s fun and meditative qualities from teaching artist Cheryl Cianci and create your own miniature design.   
  • Mix Media Sculptures: Use a variety of materials to create an abstract sculpture.


Tours:

  • ABCs: Art, Books, Connections | 10:30–11am; noon–12:30
  • Ask About Art | 11am-noon
  • Eyes on Art Family Tour | 11:30am–noon

& More!

  • Join members from the Coltsville National Historical Park in a scavenger hunt around the museum.

 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Sep
14
Sat
Second Saturdays | Frame Game
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Artmaking | 10am–1pm

Frame Game: How many different frames can you find in the Wadsworth? Look for the colors, carvings, and shapes that make each frame as special as the work of art it holds. 

Pop Up: Some stories can’t be contained by a frame. Be inspired by the collection and create your own out of the box artwork to take home. 

Textural Landscapes: Use a variety of materials to design a landscape inspired by your favorite work of art. 

Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections | Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults.
10:30am & 12:30pm
Ask About Art | Talk to a docent about what you see.
11am
Eyes on Art Family Tour | Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages. 
11:30am

 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Oct
12
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Community Connections
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Community Connections

Create alongside Afrocosmologies featured artist Maren Hassinger in a collaborative art-making experience and discover what can be accomplished when we work together. Live music and performances throughout the afternoon celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Please note: Activity times are different this month due to the Hartford Marathon and museum admission is free all day.

Nov
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Guiding Light
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Guiding Light

Explore the exhibition Afrocosmologies with a docent and learn how black artists incorporate nature and faith into their art. Then create a work of art to showcase your connection to the environment. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

 

 

 


Artmaking:

The Circle
Create a timeline that presents past successes and what you want to conquer in the future. 

Power Symbols
Design an emblem that can be used to give you courage, energy, and strength.

Performance:

Live dance performances from the Artist Collective.

Tours:

ABCs: Art Books and Connections; 10:30am & 12:30pm 
Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults.

Ask About Art; 11am 
Talk to a docent about what you see.

Eyes on Art Family Tour; 11:30am 
Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages.

Dec
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Winter Celebrations
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Winter Celebrations

A day of winter fun. Learn about seasonal customs from around the world and enjoy live music performed by University of Hartford students. Admission is free during Second Saturdays Activities.

ART MAKING

Hanukkah Traditions | Join the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford and learn about Hanukkah traditions. Then create a custom dreidel to take home.
Paper Creations | Visit with the Japanese Society of Hartford’s table and learn about Japanese winter celebrations. Then create festive Origami works.
Kwanzaa Celebrations | Work alongside The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Learn about Kwanzaa as you design a work of art to take home.
Care Packages | Create a bag of hope for children in the community and then fill it with personal items. Care packages will be donated to a local charity.
DYI Ornaments and Gift Boxes | Design an ornament inspired by the winter solstice. Then place it in your unique gift box.

TOURS

ABCs: Art Books and Connections | Make connections between art and books during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults; 10:30am & 12:30pm.
Ask About Art | Talk to a docent about what you see; 11am.
Eyes on Art Family Tour | Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages; 11:30am

Jan
11
Sat
Second Saturday for Families | International Style
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for FamiliesExplore The Bauhaus Spirit at the Wadsworth Atheneum with a docent and learn how the principles of design can transform furniture into art. Then create a work of art that tests the limits of color and line. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
10:30–11am; 12:30–1pm
Ask About Art
11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour
11:30–noon

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Feb
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Black Heritage Month
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for FamiliesCelebrate Black Heritage Month with art-making, live performances, and tours. In collaboration with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

 

SCHEDULE

ART MAKING 10am- 1pm
Collage Creations: Become inspired by the work of artist Romare Bearden and explore how he uses color, line, and texture. Then make a collage to take home. Avery Court

Abstract Adaptations: Create a composition based on the colorful abstract work of Alma Thomas. Then design a piece of art focuses on shape and repetition. Hartford Courant Room

LIVE PERFORMANCES
11:00am-11:45am | Watch HartBeat’s Youth Play Institute perform two excerpts from their newest play Journey To The Polls, then participate in a talk-back led by the young artists. Amistad Center

11:30am-12:30pm | Enjoy a traditional African dance and drum performance by artist Mellissa Craig. Avery Court

TOURS
11:30am | Eyes on Art Family Tour: Discover artwork from the collection and more during this docent-led tour for all ages.

 

 

Mar
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Market Finds | CANCELED
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Market Finds | CANCELED

This program is canceled. The museum is actively reviewing our public programming schedule in line with state and local guidance. Learn more about the Wadsworth response to COVID-19.

Make art that looks good enough to eat. Enjoy French Baroque music performed by graduate students from the Hartt School, then join a docent tour of Savor and discover what happens when food and art collide. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Apr
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Virtual Earth Day Activity
Apr 11 all-day

Monet's Water Lilies

Celebrate Earth Day with a family art activity inspired by Claude Monet’s Nymphéas (Water Lilies). Follow the prompts below or download the family guide.

LEARN
In 1883 Monet moved to a home in Giverny, northwest of Paris. He eventually bought the property and planted his famous gardens. One of the most notable features was the lily pond with a Japanese bridge that became frequent and important subjects of his paintings. In this Water Lilies, he excluded the shoreline completely and depicted only the water’s surface, with reflections of the trees at the water’s unseen edge, thus giving the viewer an ambiguous, floating perspective.

THINK
Claude Monet was very interested in painting places at different times of day and during different seasons. What season do you think he painted this? Why?

IMAGINE
Imagine you are a frog. What would you do here? What if you were a fish? What would you see from under the water as you look up?

TALK
Monet painted these water lilies floating on a pond by his house in France many times. What is something you like so much that you could draw it again and again?

CREATE
Monet designed this garden around his house and filled it with flowers and a bridge over a pond. 
If you could design a garden what would it look like?

SHARE
Write about or draw a picture of your garden, then post on social media and share by tagging @thewadsworth. 

 

 

Above: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), Nymphéas (Water Lilies), 1907. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell, 1957.622