Free Program for Preschoolers and Parents at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2009

Get preschoolers off to a great start at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Start with Art program is a fun and free series of special gallery talks and exciting art projects designed especially for parents and their preschoolers. On Saturday, December 12, explore the concept of light and dark from 10 am to 12 pm. This program is best suited for children who are three to six years of age. No registration is needed and art project appropriate clothing is recommended. Attend any or all of the sessions. The series continues on January 9 (food and art), February 13 (animals), and March 13 (flowers and plants).

On Saturday, December 12, parents and their preschoolers will begin the morning with self-guided gallery walks with the aid of an age appropriate “Light and Dark” gallery guide. In addition, there will also be ten-minute painting talks led by Clark staff who will focus on Hubert Robert’s Roman Ruins with Laundresses, and Frederic Remington’s Friends and Foes (The Scout) and Dismounted. From 11 am to 12 pm, preschoolers will be able to explore their creative side with a variety of art projects, including scratch board art, black and white collages, and stamp art.

The Clark is a wonderful museum for families because of its intimate scale and its environment. Located on 140 acres of beautiful meadows and trails, the Clark is perfect for hiking and playing. The Clark’s grounds are free and open to the public. In addition, free admission to the galleries is always offered to children under the age of 18 and to students with a 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


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