Free Preschool Program Uncovers Stories in the Galleries on January 10

For Immediate Release

December 30, 2008

Get preschoolers off to a good start...with art (and have a lot of fun, too). The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Start with Art program is an exciting, free series for preschoolers and their parents on the second Saturday of each month through March. Special gallery talks and art activities will be held from 10 am to 12 pm and are best suited for three- to six-year-olds and their parents. Saturday, January 10, will focus on the theme of storytelling. Parents and children are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. Art project appropriate clothing encouraged

On January 10, adults and preschoolers will begin the morning by exploring the collection with a gallery guide designed to help adults look at and talk about art in a developmentally appropriate way with their children. Stops on this self-guided tour include Winslow Homer’s dramatic rescue scene Undertow.

Age-appropriate “painting talks” will introduce families to eye-opening details in some of the best-loved works of art at the Clark. Discover At the Concert by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Portrait of Konstanze von Habsburg by Joseph Heintz the Elder.

The fun continues with hands-on activities focused on storytelling. Bring a paper bag to life by crafting it into a puppet. Decorate the cover of a small blank book and start to fill it with your own stories. In addition, coloring sheets featuring works of art in the Clark’s collection will be available.

Start with Art continues on February 14 focusing on color and shape, and faces in the collection will be explored on March 14. The program is supported in part by funding from Greylock Federal Credit Union.

A visit to the Clark is a rewarding family experience year-round with 140 acres of scenic meadows and trails providing ample opportunities for families to hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, sled, or spot the many birds inhabiting the area. The Clark’s grounds are open to the public free of charge. Free admission to the galleries is always offered to children 18 and under and students with valid ID.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November 1 through May 31. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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