Museum Week & HS Program

Museum Week: COLORFUL ME!

In 2019 3rd and 4th graders can immerse themselves in hands-on activities, gallery tours, and a musical performance connecting with the day’s theme of COLOR! State and National standards are important guides for this fun, educational experience.

Colors are important tools that inform us about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and even the pets we choose. When we look at a work of art, the first thing we might notice are the colors chosen by the artist…but there is a LOT more to color than meets the eye!

This journey through color reinforces vocabulary like hue, saturation, temperature and value. We will explore how color creates harmony, rhythm, emphasis and mood. While always focusing on visual learning, we will see how art and science work together, and will use language arts to document our exploration.

Students will also enjoy a new way to think about colorful expression through the cello performance of Gideon Freudmann from Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

This program is designed for students in 3rd and 4th grade, but some exceptions may apply; the program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fee is $3.00 per student; schools provide one chaperone per 10 students. There is no charge for teachers and chaperones. Some schools have costs covered by specific sponsors. Please ask when you make your reservation. To sign up for a day, email, or call 509-773-3733 x25.

Spring Museum Week
May 7, 8 & 9, 2019
These dates are reserved for schools in the far eastern Columbia River region. Schools from Ione, Boardman, Irrigon, Hermiston, Umatilla, and more. Busing is generously sponsored in some cases. 

Fall Museum Week
October 2, 3, 9, 10 & 11, 2019
These dates are for schools in the western end of the Columbia River region. Please note that through teacher feedback, we have added a Friday date. Bus reimbursement funds are available for all teachers who return important evaluation forms.

Museum Week is generously sponsored by Columbia Bank, the Cross Three Foundation and McCormick Family Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation.

High School Museum Day: Reading Rodin

Sponsored by The Tia Palermo and Jess Ravich Trust

A unique experience designed especially for high school art students. Participants will learn about museum careers and take a guided tour of the museum’s masterworks with an eye toward artist intent and technique. The day concludes with a sketching session in the Rodin Gallery with a professional artist who will guide students in an exploration of figure drawing. This is a fantastic opportunity for serious art students to further develop their portfolios.

Students also will receive a coupon for a free return visit to Maryhill (for up to four people), and are encouraged to use this opportunity to continue their sketching experience independently.

Tour Experience: “Reading” the Masters: Looking at Art for Understanding, Technique and Impact | 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This tour will engage students in reading the symbolic language used by artists, not unlike deciphering a text message! Additionally, time will be spent introducing the myriad of career opportunities in the museum field.

Lunch | 11:30 a.m. to noon
Students will enjoy a boxed lunch in our café area, provided by the museum.

Figure Drawing in the Rodin Gallery | noon to 2 p.m.
Maryhill features a gallery of more than 80 works by the French master Auguste Rodin, which will be the subject of their sketching session. Students will be inspired to look carefully and coached to expand their observational and sketching talents.

Please contact the Curator of Education to make a reservation at 509-773-3733 x25 or email The program has no cost, thanks to our generous sponsor, for up to 20 students. Includes an application for bus reimbursement, all supplies, boxed lunch, and a free pass for each student (and up to three guests) to return to the museum for additional sketching opportunities.

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