Category Archives: Art

Historic Oak View County Park Events

Historic Oak View County ParkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC
919-250-1013

Storytelling Festival
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
11:00am – 4:00pm

Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers.

Heritage Day
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm

Visit this old time county fair, featuring live music, animals, agricultural displays, heritage craft displays, re-enactors, quilt auction, and much more!

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.

Homeschool Art Session at Kidz Art in Apex

479231_83984735KidzArt
100 West Chatham St
Apex, NC 27502
919-274-0030

Homeschool Session
Wednesdays
September 11, 2013 – October 30, 2013
1:00pm – 1:45pm (ages 5 and 6) $64 for 8 weeks
2:00pm – 3:00pm (ages 7+) $80 for 8weeks

Tuition is 67% off regular KidzArt prices. All supplies are included.  Classes sizes are limited.  Register online here.

KidzArt programs put a strong emphasis on creating the right classroom environment. Individual performance is greatly enhanced by a sense of safety and well-being. When students are in a safe and nurturing environment, they will thrive and creativity will flourish. KidzArt classes provide:

- a nurturing, non competitive environment
- easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
- introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual art
- age appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self- expression
- creative activities that promote problem solving
- focusing exercises that enhance learning
- a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated

Take a Child Outside Week at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston ArboretumJC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC
(919) 513-7011

Take Your Child Outside week runs annually from September 24 to September 30. The week is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the goal of “helping children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live.”  Each day will bring a new activity for all ages at the Arboretum. Come for one day or every day of the week!  

To register, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7011.  Cancellation: Although we understand that unexpected things happen, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to event will not receive a refund.

Leaf Rubbings
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$3/Child for Friends of the Arboretum, $5/Child for all others (Preregistration Required)

Stop by the Visitor Center to look through all the leaves we collect and choose the perfect ones for making leaf rubbings. All materials needed will be provided to make this great fall craft.

Name that Tree!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages
Free

Name that Tree! Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your guide to some of our favorite trees in the Arboretum. Then take a stroll out into the gardens to see how many you can find. Just make sure to return the guide to the Visitor Center when you are done!

Garden Bingo
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages
Free

Garden Bingo. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your bingo card. Grab your eagle eyes and your card and search the gardens for as many things as you can to get 5 in a row. Then shout Bingo! as loud as you can to celebrate!

Get Moving
Friday, September 27, 2013
2:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages
$1/Per Person Participating in the Hunt

Explore the gardens while you search for five scavenger hunt questions. Try to guess the answers before you reach the end of the trail. You’ll be amazed at how much exercise you can get in a garden! Start your quest by picking up a map (if you need one) at the Visitor Center.

Cloud Watching
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free

Spread out a blanket on our grassy lawns in the gardens and enjoy watching the passing clouds. Pick up some drawing paper and a pencil in the Visitor Center to capture some of your favorites.

Seed Balls
Monday, September 30, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$5/Child (Preregistration Required)

Spend the morning making seed balls. Seed balls are a great way to add color from wildflowers to a bare spot in your yard. All materials needed will be provided, and participants will take home seed balls.

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.

 

 

 

July 2013 at the NC Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of ArtNC Art Museum
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-839-6262

You can read about our recent experience attending the Drop-In Studio and Summer Family Film here.

Drop-In Studio
Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24, & 31
12:00pm
Free

Join us for a little hands-on art making time with the kids.

Summer Family Films
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (Inspired by Nature)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (Action Adventures)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (The World According to Me)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (Exploration) (Ages 8+)
1:00pm
Ages 5+ (Under 12 Must be Accompanied by an Adult)

Free (Ticket from Box Office Required)

This series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films, with themes changing weekly. Viewing time approximately 1 hour.

Family Fun Saturdays
Saturday, July 13, 2013 (Portraits in Your Pocket)
Saturday, July 27, 2013 (Shades and Shadows)
10:00am and 1:00pm
Ages 5 – 11
$3 Members/$5 Nonmembers

Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. Kids and adults delight in exploring the Museum’s collection, creating projects together, and discovering one another’s creativity. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to explore. Register online, by calling (919) 715-5923, or in person at the Museum Box Office.

Summer Movies – Cars
Friday, July 26, 2013
9:00pm
All Ages
$5 (Free for Members)

Open-air cinema has been a popular NCMA tradition for over 20 years. Our summer series features recent Oscar winners, family favorites, and timeless classics. Occasionally we program special Music/Movie Combos that combine a live performance with a film screening.

Gates open 90 minutes before screenings, and patrons often arrive early to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Movie concessions are available for purchase, and beer and wine are sold before and during most shows.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office in East Building, by calling (919) 715-5923, or online.

Weekend Family Tours
Saturdays and Sundays
10:30 am
Ages 5 – 10
Free

Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries. Each free tour lasts 30 minutes and is designed for kids age 5 to 10 and their adult companions. Themes change monthly, so be sure to visit often. Meet at the West Building Information Desk. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

 

 

 

Summer 2013 Wednesday Family Programs at NCMA

What a fabulous day!

We thought it was going to be rainy, so we planned to skip our homeschool group park day and check out the family programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art instead.  So glad that we did.

First, we stopped by the Drop-In Studio for a little craft time.  Our littlest homeschooler was most excited about this part of the plan.  She LOVES “to art” and usually spends a good portion of her day “arting”.  We do a lot of crafting at home and it was extremely nice to spend some craft time together that I didn’t plan, prep or clean up!  We sat at a spacious table set up with materials, tools, instructions and examples so it was completely easy to understand.  Today the project was a sun catcher and they turned out super cute.

NCMA Craft

NCMA Suncatcher

After crafting, we headed to the auditorium to catch the Family Film that afternoon.  Today it was a series of short films about creativity and color.  Each child was given a program as we entered which made them feel pretty important.  They asked me to read them the film descriptions and were sure to keep tabs on what was coming up next.   All of the films kept their interest and had a positive message.

NCMA Program

Since the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful today, we spent our entire afternoon enjoying the rest of the museum.  The little water fountains outside the entrance are always a hit and the gravel turned out to be quite entertaining as well today.  (You know how it goes right…take them to a fancy art museum and they want to play with the water and rocks outside.)

NCMA FountainWe did make it into the West Building for a bit to check out some of the fancy art.  Our homeschool dude was fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian collection and just could not believe that everything was “real”.  He was also quite impressed that some of the paintings we saw were over 400 years old.  I think he may actually finally understand why we can’t run, jump or touch things in an art museum….there are really, really old things and yes, they are all “real”.  Homeschool dudette, not so much.  She spent most of her time trying to do everything I asked her not to do, over and over and over again.

After safely making it outside again, it was definitely time to run and jump and touch!  There was a lot of time spent rolling down the huge grassy hill and we always have to visit the sculpture of the giant legs.  I do enjoy the art inside, but the Museum Park is my favorite.  Every time we visit, we find something new and it is always relaxing.

Hill

If you want to head out on a Wednesday this summer, remember these programs. The Drop-In Studio and Family Films are scheduled all summer long every Wednesday.  If it’s hot or rainy, you can stay inside and be dry, cool and entertained.  Or if it ends up being beautiful, you can stay all day like us.  And I didn’t even mention – it’s completely free and there is no registration required!  Sweet, right?

Wondering what our little ones though about the day?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the Art Dog movie the best.  The Egyptian writing was cool.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”I liked all of the movies.  The painting with the ladies was pretty.”

The Details:
NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
919-839-NCMA
All Ages (Films are listed as 5+, but siblings seemed very welcome.  Check out the film schedule before you go to see if it will be age appropriate.)
Free (Stop by the Box Office for your ticket.)