Wednesday, April 11, 2012

School Vacation Week in Salem, MA


MONDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY, APRIL 19

SALEM, MA –– Join the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for school vacation week Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19, and explore our environmental impact on water. Learn about the surprising role water has had in art throughout history and celebrate its continued importance today. "Our Watery World" culminates with the annual celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, and is packed with family fun.
In conjunction with PEM’s Interactive Art and Nature Center exhibition Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O, children and families will get a chance to print with bubbles, create and illustrate their own river journal, and see award-winning storyteller Mary Jo Maichack perform an interactive puppet show. Local experts will also be on hand to help visitors gain a better understanding of how much water we use and what we can do to reduce waste.
All activities are FREE with admission | More information at www.pem.org/events
MONDAY, APRIL 16
10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: H20 You | Art & Nature Center
Discover your secret water identity. Pick up an H2O You quiz sheet at the Art & Nature Center activity table.

11 – 11:30 am | Family Gallery Tour: Watery We | Meet at information desk
For families with children ages 5 and up | Tickets available day of tour
Explore water in our world on this special tour of the Maritime and American Art galleries.

11 am – 3 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: Bubble Painting | Art StudiosBubbles are fun and can also be used to create amazing artwork. Blow your own bubble pattern and take home a unique bubble print.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17
10 am – 3 pm | Collaborative Art: Water Footprinting | AtriumJoin artist, educator and water scientist Wendy Pabich, Ph.D., and create an impressive wave sculpture representing the water footprint of one pair of bluejeans (over 2,000 gallons used per pair). Pabich seeks to reveal the hidden demands on water through art, programs and her forthcoming book, Taking on Water (fall 2012).

10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: H20 You | Art & Nature Center
See Monday listing

11 – 11:30 am | Family Gallery Tour: Watery We | Meet at information desk
For families with children ages 5 and up | Tickets available day of tour
See Monday listing

11 am – noon & 2–3 pm | Performance: Or Would You Rather Be A Fish? | Atrium
Find out "How the Sea Became Salty" and what happens to "The Unlucky Sailor" with award-winning performer Mary Jo Maichack, in a rousing musical and interactive puppet show. Be sure to give the pirate's cheer!

11 am – 3 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: Bubble Painting | Art Studios
See Monday listing

1 – 4 pm | Drop-in Activity: From Drain to Shore | Atrium
Explore an interactive watershed model, investigate marine debris and find out what you can do to help reduce water pollution with experts from Salem Sound Coastwatch.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
10 am – 3 pm | Collaborative Art: Water Footprinting | Atrium
See Tuesday Listing

10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: H20 You | Art & Nature Center
See Monday listing

10:15 – 11 am | Workshop: Fish Printing | Art Studios
For families with children ages 8 and up | Reservations by April 17
Learn how artist Joe Higgins creates his unique prints using fish, inspired by the Japanese art Gyotaku. Then make your own.

10:30 am – 2pm | Drop-in Art Activity: River Books | Art Studios
Create and illustrate your own rippling river journal using the accordion bookbinding method.

11 – 11:30 am | Family Gallery Tour: Watery We | Meet at information desk
For families with children ages 5 and up | Tickets available day of tour
See Monday listing

11–11:45 am & 2–2:45 pm | Performance: Snowflake Man Puppet Show | Atrium
Vermont farmer Wilson Bentley was a teenager when he became fascinated with snowflakes. Discover the story of the first man to photograph snowflakes in this award-winning puppetry show by artist and puppeteer Sarah Frechette, of Puppetkabob.

Noon – 2 pm | Artist Demonstration: Fish Faces | Atrium
Meet artist Joe Higgins and get a closer look at the process of Japanese fish printing.

1 – 4 pm | Drop-in Activity: From Drain to Shore | Atrium
See Tuesday listing

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
10 am – 3 pm | Collaborative Art: Water Footprinting | Atrium
See Tuesday listing

10 am – 4 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: H20 You | Art & Nature Center
See Monday listing

10:30 am – 2pm | Drop-in Art Activity: River Books | Art Studios
See Wednesday listing

11 – 11:30 am | Family Gallery Tour: Watery We | Meet at information desk
For families with children ages 5 and up | Tickets available day of tour
See Monday listing

1 – 1:30 pm & 2 – 2:30 pm | Program: Exploring Vernal Pools | Atrium
Meet vernal pool animals and find out what makes these watery pools unique, with naturalist Rick Roth, of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond team.

1:30 – 2:30 pm | Drop-in Art Activity: Salamander Sketches | Atrium
Take a close look at frogs, salamanders and other creatures that live in and around local vernal pools. Naturalist Rick Roth offers sketching tips.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
2 – 3 pm | Weslandia | Meet at information desk
For families with children ages 5 to 8 | Reservations by April 20
What will you do this summer? Imagine yourself as Wesley as you hear about his amazing adventure in Weslandia, by Paul Fleishman. Then create your own butterfly garden seed mat to plant at home or give as a gift in celebration of Earth Day.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

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