Free First Saturday

Come ready for fun artful learning (be sure to dress for mess!).

Time: 11 am – 1 pm in the art studio
Cost: Free admission all day

  • April 1: April Fools Surprise Cards
    • Celebrate April Fool’s Day by making pop-up cards. Hide a surprise for someone and see if you can make them jump!
  • May 6: Spring Wings
    • See the exhibition Small Wonders: Insects in Focus and create your own creature with interesting wings.
  • June 3: Super Style
    • Take inspiration from the special exhibition about artist Barkley Hendricks and create mixed media paper dolls. Be inspired by the interesting fashion featured in the exhibition.
  • July 1: Take Home Kit- “Firework” Water Balls
    • Stay cool this summer by making your own “firework” water ball. This month’s Free First Saturday activity is offered as a take home craft due to the 4th of July holiday.  
  • August 5: Cool Style
    • Celebrate the fun fashion featured in Barkley L. Hendricks in New London and design a retro outfit for yourself using mixed media materials.
  • September 2: Back to School
    • Get ready for the new school year and decorate your own pencil holder. Take inspiration from the artworks on view in the galleries.
  • October 7: Pick and Paint a Pumpkin
    • October means it is time for the Lyman Allyn’s Annual Pick and Paint a Pumpkin event! Do you want your pumpkin to be sweet or scary? Supplies are limited for this program.
  • November 4: Colors of My Feelings
    • How can colors help us to express emotions? Learn about the links between color and emotion while creating your own “mood” painting.
  • December 2: Winter Wonder Day
    • Start your holiday season with a visit to our third annual Winter Wonder Day! Enjoy special crafts and activities inspired by our Wonderment exhibition. Explore the Museum’s galleries, make fun art, and take photos with Santa. Fun for the whole family! 

Free First Saturdays are made possible by Peoples United Bank and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

Science Saturday

This fun drop-in program, designed for children ages 7-11, encourages participants to explore the intersections between art and science.

Time: 11 am – 1 pm in the art studio
Cost: Free with Museum admission

  • May 20: Bugging Out
    • Legs, and wings, and pincers, oh my! Inspired by the exhibition Small Wonders: Insects in Focus, investigate the beauty of bugs while learning about different insect exoskeletons. Use pastels to design your own insect pattern.
  • June 17: Sun Prints
    • Celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and harness the power of the sun! Learn about how the earth’s rotation makes some days “longer” and some “shorter” while making prints in the sun.
  • July 15: Capturing Angles
    • When talking about photography we usually discuss the angle at which the photo was captured. Explore different angles found in the everyday world through the photography of John Hill. Design your own angle and John Hill inspired drawing!
  • August 19: Sport Geometry
    • Barkley Hendricks used the geometry of basketball courts to create wonderful works of art. Create your own collage that reflects the geometry of your favorite sport. 
  • September 16: The Art of Sound
    • Be inspired by a special exhibition by sound and media artist Butch Rovan. Make a futurist line and sound work of art. 
  • October 21: Why do Leaves Fall?
    • Why do leaves change colors? Why do they fall from trees? Come and learn why leaves fall from trees and create a beautiful leaf inspired piece of art.
  • November 18: Blues of the Mediterranean
    • Come make a monochromatic work inspired by blue colors of the Mediterranean Sea seen in The Jungle exhibition by artist Jac Lahav. 
  • December 16: The Science of Snowflakes
    • Explore the beauty and science behind snowflakes as the winter solstice approaches, create a fun snowflake themed suncatcher.

Science Saturdays are made possible by Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories.

June 2023
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