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Programs

Gallery Spots

Stop by one of the galleries to meet a museum educator and discover more about one of the pieces on view.

Story Trails

Join staff members from the Art & Nature Center to explore PEM’s galleries through specific artworks and stories, then participate in a related art-making activity or meet an author or illustrator. For children ages 5-8 with accompanying adult.

PEM Pals

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30am - 11:30 am. No reservations required.

Studio Discoveries

This is a drop-in, hands-on program for families and kids of all ages to get creative and sometimes messy! Explore art-making and art materials in depth while meeting and learning from real artists.

Weekend Art Activities

Make art together inspired by the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1—3 pm. No reservations required.

Weekend Festivals: Atrium Alive

Free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages. Art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations and more. Some events might require reservations.

School Vacation Week

Programming for children and families held during Massachusetts public school vacations in February and April. Some events might require reservations.

Related events For families

Gallery Spot
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Gambling Sticks

Learn more about these gambling sticks made by artists from the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  Talk with a museum educator, explore some of the materials these artists used and discover other Native American games.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

David Sibley: The Art of Identification
Friday, September 26, 2014 from 7:45pm - 9pm Presentation

Just as poetry conveys rich meaning in few words, field guide art provides key visual content in minimum space. Tracing his own artistic development through sketches and paintings, best-selling author David Allen Sibley shares the unique requirements and challenges of illustrating for field guides. A book signing of the revised The Sibley Guide to Birds (2014) and The Sibley Guide to Trees (2009) follows the lecture. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club.

Branching Out: Trees as Art
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30am - 4pm Opening Day Festival

From the mysteries of enchanted forests to the welcoming shade-givers in our backyards, trees captivate our imaginations. Join us for a day of exploring trees through art making, stories, music, artist talks and more.

 

Story Time

Tree Tales
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
For ages 3 to 7 with an adult

When Maple was born, her parents planted a tree so that she and the tree could grow together. Her tree becomes a friend, but how else might you see a tree? Find out as we read Lori Nichols' Maple followed by Barbara Reid's Picture a Tree.

 

Drop-in Art Making

Greenman Masks
10:30 am-12:30 pm | Atrium

Also known as the Wild Man of the Woods, the Greenman is a mythical figure who appears as a leaf-covered face carved on buildings across Europe. Create your own forest-inspired mask and get in touch with your inner tree spirit.

 

Artist Demonstration

Bonsai Techniques
10:30 am-1:30 pm | Atrium

Meet bonsai experts from New England Bonsai Gardens and find out what tools and techniques are necessary to create these living works of art.

 

Ceremony

Tree Planting
11-11:15 am | Meet at information desk

Join us as we plant a new tree to mark the opening of Branching Out, including a "grounding" treatment by The Tree Whisperer and plant pathologist Jim Conroy, Ph.D. Dedication in memory of honorary trustee Dorothy "Dotty" Addams Brown.

 

Storytelling

In the Grove with Diane Edgecomb
11:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm | Morse Auditorium
For ages 10 to adult
Tickets available day of program

Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb returns to PEM with harpist Margot Chamberlain to share stories and songs about trees and the people who live among them.

 

Workshop

Connect with Green Beings
11:30 am-noon and 3-3:30 pm
Meet at information desk | For ages 8 to adult
Tickets available day of program

Join nature communication experts Jim Conroy, Ph.D. and Basia Alexander in a unique guided visualization exercise with live trees on PEM's campus.

 

Performance

Music from the Forests
Noon-12:45 pm | Atrium

Musician and international performer Ricardo Frota uses handmade instruments to explore the ecology of sound through rhythm and materials of the forest.

 

Drop-in Art Making

Tagua Nut Scrimshaw
Noon-2 pm | Create Space 2
For ages 10 to adult

Carve your own tree-inspired design on these tropical seeds. Note: Tagua nuts are not known allergens but visitors with nut allergies should be aware.

 

Performance

Strolling Trees
Noon-4 pm | Atrium
Essex Street pedestrian mall and Art & Nature Center

Whimsical walking tree figures, created by Ten31 Productions, make their way around the museum.

 

Artist Presentation

Exploring Trees as Live Beings
1-1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium
For preteens through adults
Tickets available day of program

Artist David Yann Robert and plant pathologist Jim Conroy, Ph.D., demonstrate how they each interact with the biosignals of trees.

 

Drop-in Art Making

Bark Rubbings and Tracings
1-4 pm | outside PEM

Investigate the beauty and science of tree trunks with specialist Michael Wojtech and create an enhanced bark drawing to take home.

 

Demonstration

Tree Tastings
2-4 pm | Atrium

Meet experts from Taza Chocolate the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to discover how chocolate and maple syrup are made, then try samples created here in Massachusetts.

 

Artist Demo & Maker Challenge

Tree Biosignals
2:15-4 pm | Maker Lounge
For preteens through adults

See and hear biosignals made by a live plant with David Yann Robert, an artist in Branching Out. Then experiment with converting live cell signals into an original work of art.

 

Artist Presentation

Human Trees
3-3:45 pm | Bartlett Gallery
Tickets available day of program
For preteens through adults

Branching Out artist Joseph Wheelwright shares the inspiration and methods behind his large-scale tree people and intimate root-figure creations.

 

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

 

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.


Please note: Today's Drop-in Art Making will be replaced by Branching Out Opening Day festival programming.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: Today's Art Cart will be replaced by Branching Out Opening Day festival programming.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

 

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Backyard Heroes
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

Do you really know what goes on in your backyard under the light of the moon? William Joyce imagines a mighty kingdom of insects and their protectors, in his book The Leaf Men. Join us as we explore Branching Out in the Art & Nature Center and create your own plant-inspired character designs!

 

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

The Big Draw
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10am - 4pm Weekend Festival

If you've ever uttered the words, "I can't draw," then this festival is for you. All around the world people gather every October to doodle, sketch, think and share at Big Draw community events.

 

Animal Impressions

10 am-12:30 pm | Create Space 2

Alexander Calder is a celebrated sculptor, but did you know he was also a sketcher? Using his book Animal Sketching as inspiration, create sketches of your own with illustrator/educator Erica Beade.

 

Screen Time

10 am-4 pm | runs ever half hour
Morse Auditorium

Sit back, relax and watch some of our favorite animated short films about drawing.

 

Tape Takeover

10 am-4 pm | Atrium

Behold the swift and sticky power of tape as a drawing tool. See how professional tape artists create a world of their own on our walls. Stick around for the tear down at 4 pm!

 

Room with a View

10 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge

Using only a darkened box, a pinhole and available light, our huge homemade camera obscura projects crystal-clear scenes that can be traced and turned into art.

 

Pop-Up Art Gallery

10 am-4 pm | Create Space 1

Students from Salem's Phoenix School transform our Create Space into an art gallery as part of the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge. Come create a drawing to add to the walls!

 

The Sketchbook Project

10 am-4 pm | outside PEM

The Mobile Library, a traveling collection of more than 30,000 artists' sketchbooks, is parked outside PEM all day. Get inspired by works from all over the world!

 

Drawn Together

Noon-3 pm | Artists's Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem

The Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (SCAM) has something fun in store for The Big Draw. Head to their studio (just around the corner) and take part in a choreographed drawing activity.

 

Construction Zone

1-3 pm | Create Space 2

Explore scale, measurement and engineering while constructing a 3-D cardboard maquette with installation artist Kirsten Reynolds. What's a maquette? Check out the Calder exhibition to find out.

 

Studio Discovery

Sticks and Stones
1-3 pm | Axelrod Walkway (outside PEM)
Made possible by American Dental Partners

Eco-artist Cynthia Robinson takes the studio outside. Using the Art & Nature Center exhibition Branching Out for inspiration, experiment with recycled and natural materials to build a sculpture park.

 

 

 

 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees art Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.