2013 Children's Programs
**The following events are all free!**
Saturday, 7/27, 10:30 am – Children’s Culture Day: Porter’s Apprentices
Rufus Porter often worked with an apprentice or another local muralist to complete his murals depicting the countryside, harbors, and mountains. At this Children’s Culture Day program, kids will fill the shoes of Porter’s many students who learned the tools of the trade from this wandering artist. These new apprentices will study the characteristics of Porter-style murals and learn to recognize some of the tell-tale differences between artists within the Rufus Porter Style School. Using the skills they learned about perspective and stencils, kids will paint a small Porter style mural of their own and add unique features to the Porter tradition.
Wednesday, 7/31, 1:00 - 2:00 pm – Books Alive! at the Bridgton Public Library
This series consists of a history-themed story hour for children with a creative accompanying project designed to explore the stories of our community and shared past. This week, we will read Radio Rescue by Lynne Barasch and do a Morse Code activity.
Saturday, 8/3, 10:30 am – Children’s Culture Day: Curious Arts and Quirky Science
In 1825, Porter published Curious Arts, an instruction manual primarily designed to give the public quick and easy steps to creating various types of artwork and applied science experiments. Join the Rufus Porter Museum as we learn about Porter’s scientific interests, publications, and often times peculiar experiments. Children will follow updated versions of Porter’s original recipes to create invisible ink and learn about applied science.
Wednesday, 8/14, 1:00 - 2:00 pm – Books Alive! at the Bridgton Public Library
This series consists of a history-themed story hour for children with a creative accompanying project designed to explore the stories of our community and shared past. This week, we will read Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta. We will also work on the following project: “Be an Artist and Inventor!” Create your own inventor's journal and sketches like Leonardo da Vinci and Rufus Porter
Saturday, 8/24, 10:30 am – Children’s Culture Day: Sail and Steam
The nineteenth century was a time of great leaps forward in transportation and communication technology. As an inventor and muralist, Rufus Porter depicted many types of technology in his work including sailboats, steamships, and even the most humble rowboats. During this Children’s Culture Day, families will study the large Howe Murals and observe how Porter hinted to the changing times in his painting. Children will sketch their own designs for new ways to transport people and ideas, then create a model of their invention from household materials.
Saturday, 9/14, 12:30 pm – Children’s Culture Day: Back to School with Rufus Porter
How did the Civil War impact students and school children? What did education during the mid-nineteenth century look like? Children will explore these questions and learn how schoolchildren were taught about the Civil War during the conflict. Kids will also learn more about games that were popular with school children at this time and try their hand at knucklebones (jacks), dominos, and the popular folk-toy Jacob’s ladder.