Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Family Day

These events are so much fun. There is usually a gallery scavenger hunt. My boys love listening to the storytellers. If your children are old enough, I recommend taking one of the free guided tours. You and your children will really learn a lot!

Mighty Myths
Sunday, February 13, 2011
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Art-making: Sculpt a Hero
Classroom 111
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Be inspired by sculptures of Greek and Roman heroes, like the MIA's Theseus Slaying the Centaur Bianor. Model your own hero in this drop-in clay studio.

Art-making: Magical Myths
Reception Hall
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Myths are really great stories. Today, make your own mythical scene complete with heroes, legendary beasts, and whatever else your mind imagines.

Gallery Hunt: Art Odyssey
Membership Information Desk, first floor
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Go on a great journey to seek out Greek and Roman gods and mythical tales in the MIA.

Drawing Studio: An Instant Classic
Reception Hall
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

For centuries, artists have studied the perfect human forms and flowing draperies of classical sculpture. Join in on this great tradition and make your own classical study.

Theater Workshop: Movement & Myth
Wells Fargo Community Room
Noon, 1:30, and 3 p.m.

Act out myths using shadows and movement in an energetic workshop led by Sean Nolan.

Storytelling: Magical Myths
Atrium, Target Wing, third floor
12:30, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m.

Be mesmerized by stories of all-powerful Zeus, wise Athena, strong Hercules, and swift Mercury, as told by Peter Lawton.

Lyre Music
Gallery 350
2–4 p.m.

The pure tones of the lyre, a stringed instrument held vertically in the lap, have been known to soothe and uplift since ancient times. Hear Marianne Dietzel play this unique instrument, and check out a painting showing the god Orpheus playing his lyre.

Greek & Roman Art Cart
Gallery 241
Noon–4 p.m.

Stop by this touchable station and draw on a Greek vase, try on a toga, and more!

Tour: It’s a Classic
Meet at Information Desk, first floor
2 and 3:30 p.m.

Discover artists’ fascination with stories of ancient Greek and Roman gods and heroes throughout the centuries. Look for classical elements in the museum that were inspired by the golden age of Greek and Roman art and architecture.

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