Saturday, April 10, 2010

School Vacaton Week in Salem, and Some Great Things to Do


APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK AT PEM

MONDAY, APRIL 19TH – FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD


SALEM, MA –– Enjoy an action-packed and animal-filled April School Vacation Week at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Monday, April 19th through Friday, April 23rd. Every day brings new activities and explorations focused on the environment, recycling, and the animal world. Collaborate with artists featured in PEM’s Trash Menagerie exhibition to transform recycled plastic, newspaper and discarded makeup into puppets and works of art to take home. Participate in interactive theater performances, help construct a giant spider web and even learn how to draw scorpions from real life!


All activities are FREE with admission | More information at www.pem.org/events


MONDAY

Drop-in Art Activity: Recycled Puppets | 10 am – 4 pm

Transform a sock or recycled bottle into a one-of-a-kind puppet with expert guidance from puppet artists Kathleen Jacobs and PEM educators. Then, create a performance with your puppet in the Art Studios.

Interactive Theater: Magic Pots and Recycled Bottles | 11 am & 2:30 pm

Award-winning performance artist Kathleen Jacobs transforms trash and found objects into expressive puppets as she reinterprets folktales from South America, Europe and Asia. Meet Tide the cow, Kodak the bee, and Minute Maid the good fairy in an entertaining performance encourages audience participation and thinking outside the box.



TUESDAY

Artist Demonstration: Recycled Makeup Portraits | 10:30 am – 3 pm

Mixed-media artist Heidi Aishman’s latest work includes a series of remarkable animal portraits created with discarded makeup, currently on view in Trash Menagerie. Watch her create new portraits inspired by live animal models and objects from PEM’s collections.


Live Animal Presentation: Creature Feature | 11 – 11:30 am

Dean Kosch of Curious Creatures introduces unusual wild animals that might be considered unattractive, even ugly. Kosch explores why people consider some animals beautiful and others less so, while artist Heidi Aishman creates an animal portrait using discarded makeup.

Drop-in Art Activities: Creature Portraits | 11:30 am – 1pm

Use discarded makeup to create an animal portrait inspired by live models from Curious Creatures. Artist Heidi Aishman provides advice and encouragement.



WEDNESDAY

PEM Pals: Trash Music | 10:30 – 11 am

Follow a raccoon family on a frolicking nighttime foray for garbage during a reading of Nancy Shaw’s Raccoon Tune. Then, make a drum from recycled materials to play and take home.

Artist Demonstration: Recycled Makeup Portraits | 10:30 am – 3 pm

Mixed-media artist Heidi Aishman’s latest work includes a series of remarkable animal portraits created with discarded makeup, currently on view in Trash Menagerie. Watch her create new portraits inspired by live animal models and objects from PEM’s collections.

Live Animal Presentation: Creature Feature | 11 – 11:30 am

Dean Kosch of Curious Creatures introduces unusual wild animals that might be considered unattractive, even ugly. Kosch explores why people consider some animals beautiful and others less so, while artist Heidi Aishman creates an animal portrait using discarded makeup.


Drop-in Art Activities: Creature Portraits | 11:30 am – 1pm

Use discarded makeup to create an animal portrait inspired by live models from Curious Creatures. Artist Heidi Aishman provides advice and encouragement.




THURSDAY

Collaborative Sculpture: Spider Sculpture and Web | 10 am – 4 pm

Help paper sculptor Nnenna Okore create a unique environment of recycled paper spiders on a giant trash paper web! Experiment with Okore’s technique to transform found materials into the types of spatial forms seen in Spiders, Okore’s installation piece in Trash Menagerie.

Live Animal Presentation: Creepy Crawly Meet and Greet | 11 am – 1 pm

Get up close with tarantulas, scorpions, hissing cockroaches and other creepy crawlies from Bugworks! You’ll discover amazing facts to help you make a recycled bug or a spider for the giant trash paper web in the Atrium.



FRIDAY

Collaborative Sculpture: Spider Sculpture and Web | 10 am – 4 pm

Help paper sculptor Nnenna Okore create a unique environment of recycled paper spiders on a giant trash paper web! Experiment with Okore’s technique to transform found materials into the types of spatial forms seen in Spiders, Okore’s installation piece in Trash Menagerie.



EVERYDAY: MONDAY – FRIDAY

Drop-in Art Activity: Recycled Critters | Noon – 3pm

Construct animals out of different types of recycled materials each day. Make one of each and create a trash menagerie collection to display at home!

Family Gallery Exploration Tours: Animals in Art | 1 – 1:30 pm

For families with children ages 5 and up | Reservations by April 17th

Discover fascinating animals in PEM’s galleries and exhibitions.

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