Children/Family Program

Children ages 2 to 6 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Beth Lunt, early-childhood educator at the Ashwood Waldorf School, for a St.Patrick’s Day themed puppet-play.
Cost: $5 suggested donation, includes free admission to the museum.

All ages are invited to join us for this claasic American musical fantasy film! Starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the 1971 film is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

Co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre.

When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and became deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Space is open to 25 participants and is recommended for families with children 8 years old and up. Adults without accompanying children are welcome to attend as well.

On Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m., the Farnworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will be co-presenting the 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows, shown for the first time in midcoast Maine. Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 12 extraordinary films in this family-friendly program (recommended for ages 6 and up) were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the U.S.

Highlights include About a Mother, a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, Disney/Pixar’s sweet Piper, and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey Pearl by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. 

In this 3-day art camp during the February vacation week, kids ages 6 to 8 years are invited to join teaching artist Avis Turner for an exploration of art, music, poetry, and stories. Together, we’ll do a fabric weaving inspired by the book The Spider Weaver: The Story of Kenti Cloth, and create a crayon-resist watercolor landscape with African animals inspired by book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain—as well as explore other stories, art techniques, and ideas.

Avis Turner, who lives in Rockland, is an artist and educator with a specialty in early childhood development.

Cost: 95; $77 members (includes $5 materials fee)

In this afternoon workshop, adults & children alike (recommended ages 9 & up) are invited to come make a small, match-box crankies. A crankie is an old storytelling art form, which includes a long illustrated scroll that is wound between two spools and loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told or sung.

Participants will have the chance to view a crankie created by local artist Annie Bailey, which is currently on view in The Art of Disaster exhibition (pictured here), and will be encouraged to create their own story to share in this unique visual form.

The workshop will be led by community artist Alexis Iammarino.


So sorry, both sessions are FULL!

Join us for this annual holiday tradition at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center. Children will be provided with a small, pre-assembled gingerbread house ready to be decorated with a diverse assortment of candies and fresh frosting.

Lead by Nance Parker, Artistic Director of Shoestring Theater

Children ages 5 to 7 years old are invited to join this week-long summer art camp! Together we will learn about the Artist’s Alphabet and learn ways to use dots, lines, curves, spirals, and angles for creative drawing. We will also be looking at and creating fancy cats & tigers, Koi fish, and other animals. Then, we will explore the world of architecture learning basic terms and forms, such as arches, domes, columns, cantilevers, etc. We will be inspired by the beautiful, whimsical buildings and roof top gardens of the Austrian architecht Hundertwasser.  Using architecture blocks, students will have time to build, exploring their own ideas and forms. This will culminate in mixed media architectural drawings of their own using the Artist’s Alphabet. Every student will keep a portfolio to bring home at the end of the week.