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For Immediate Release

October 27, 2014

Williamstown, MA—Start with Art, a popular free program for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers, resumes at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, December 13 at 10 am. Designed for three- to six-year-olds, the program features themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group.

The series of two-hour sessions, held on the second Saturday of the month in the West Pavilion of the new Clark Center, continues on January 10, February 14, and March 14. Each session is themed as follows:

  • December 13: Animals
  • January 10: Food and Art
  • February 14: Portraits and Faces
  • March 14: Flowers and Plants

“It’s never too early to expose children to art,” said Ronna Tulgan-Ostheimer, director of adult, school, and community programs at the Clark. “We make learning fun, and we’ve had a tremendous response to this program. Many families come to every session.”

Art-making can be messy—children should come dressed appropriately.


The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20 through October 31, 2014 and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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