Spring & Summer Youth Art


Monday-Friday, April 13-17, 2020

Join us on a virtual adventure and explore locations near and far. Grab your suitcase and take an imaginary vacation with the Mattatuck Museum featuring family friendly games, activities, stories, and art projects inspired by works and objects from the Museum collection. Museum staff and educators will be posting items daily on our Facebook page with additional activities and links on our MATT @ Home page. Share your projects with us on Facebook and even a photo and story from your favorite family vacation!

Contact Heather Whitehouse at x117 or heather@mattmuseum.org for more information.



SUMMER YOUTH ART (ages 5-11)
July 13-17 – ART: Express Yourself
July 20-24 – NATURE: The Wilds of Waterbury
July 27-31 – HISTORY: Peek Into the Past

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with Family Night on Thursday until 6:00 p.m.
$200 1st Child & $175 each additional child (Members: 20% discount)

Registration Form Scholarship Application

This summer, young artists, historians, and naturalists are invited to participate in adventures in Art & History @ The MATT. Each morning, children will experiment with ever-changing art supplies before joining museum educators in a series of guided activities. Collaborate on large-scale group projects; experiment with printing, photography, painting & more; and enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor playtime. After lunch, talented teaching artists will lead in-depth, hands-on workshops designed to engage curious minds and stimulate the senses. We’ll wrap up each day with healthy DIY snacks and an afternoon art journaling session. Children will be working on projects within their own age-appropriate cohort. Thursday nights are Family Nights! Bring the whole crew to enjoy special activities and performances (free for SYA students and families).

Contact Heather Whitehouse at x117 or heather@mattmuseum.org for more information. Download the registration form and scholarship application at mattmuseum.org/education/summer-youth-art.

ART: Express Yourself

July 13-17

This week is all about YOU! Adventurous artists will search for inspiration in the Museum and embark on creative DIY projects each day: define your own brand with upcycled accessories; get creative in the kitchen with homemade snacks; explore your interior design aesthetic; and design puppets that are entirely YOU-nique. Participants will experiment with tools that artists use in creative fields from photography to costume design.

Family Night – Puppet Show: The Fairy Circus
Thursday, July 16, 4:00-6:00pm
Tanglewood Marionettes presents over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes. These turn-of-the-century-style trick puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, and fly through the air, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers.

NATURE: The Wilds of Waterbury

July 20-24

Learn about the extraordinary working creatures that inhabit the natural world. You’ll meet goats, police horses, and therapy dogs. Participants will create projects inspired by the great outdoors: design a fairy garden or bug habitat: learn about clouds as you explore landscape paintings with a meteorologist; paint a flowerpot and fill it with edible dirt; and make a mixed-media canvas featuring your favorite animal.

Family Night – A Farm-tastic PJ Party with Goats
Thursday, July 23, 4:00-6:00pm
Cuddle with a pair of pajama-clad goats from Bradley Mountain Farm. End the night with one of their favorite bedtime stories and a Q & A session with a goat farmer before sending the goats back to the farm for bedtime!

HISTORY: Peek Into the Past

July 27-31

Travel back in time to learn about the storied past of Waterbury: build a time machine to take us back to the 1800s; solve a “History Mystery” by searching for clues in the neighborhood; go on an architectural scavenger hunt; and build a miniature dream home inspired by Rose Hill Mansion. Participants will also create silhouette portraits and giant paper dolls; play colonial games from Noah Webster House; and put on a play with Vintage Soul Productions.

Family Night – Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
Thursday, July 30, 4:00-6:00pm
An evening with activist and historical superhero, Susan B. Anthony. Actor Sheryl Faye will recount Anthony’s passion for justice and commitment to the Suffrage Movement. Learn about her fight for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Design your own “Votes for Women” sash.
Supported in part by CT Humanities.

Registration Form Scholarship Application