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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

  • June 1: Primary Painting
    •  Enjoy the abstract design of Connecticut artist Power Boothe before creating your own painting using primary colors.
  • July 6: Under my Umbrella
    • It’s great to have fun in the sun, but also nice to relax in the shade! Make your own Beach Umbrella collage for July’s Free First Saturday.
  • August 3: Pathway Prints
    • Take inspiration from the work of Imna Arroyo and her special exhibition Opening Paths. Make a foam print that reflects your ideas of destiny.
  • September 7: Palette Knife Painting
    • Did you know that artists don’t always use brushes to paint? Try painting with a palette knife and other art room tools.

Free First Saturdays are made possible by Chelsea Groton Bank.

Science Saturday

This fun drop-in program 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 18: Earth Fest- Offsite Science Saturday!
    • Find the table at the Earthfest CT 2024 event at McCook Point Park in East Lyme, CT. This free family event celebrates the idea that Earth Day is Every Day! Learn more on their site: https://www.earthdayeverydayct.org/ . At Lyman Allyn’s spot, learn about different types and the science behind clouds. Explore the different images of clouds depicted in Lyman Allyn’s collections. Create a cloud to take home with you.
  • June 15: SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY! 
    • Join us for a special final Science Saturday with activities from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the CT Science Center
    • Geometric Sun Catchers 11am-1pm
      • Gain inspiration from the geometric designs by painter and printmaker Power Boothe. Make your own sun catcher to celebrate shapes, colors, and light.  
    • CT Science Center: Bubbles 1pm-3pm
      • Explore the science behind the suds. Investigate what bubbles are made of, what shapes they take, why they float, and much more.

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

Due to changes in grant funding, Science Saturday will not continue after June 2024. Thank you to Pfizer and our wonderful participants for great STEAM fun over the years. 

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