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Family Programs

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Homeschool Third Thursday

 

Tickets for Homeschool Third Thursday will be available 14 days prior to each program date

On the third Thursday of the month, join The Ringling for a FREE hands-on learning program, designed for homeschooling families and small groups. During this interactive program, families will explore the museum where you’ll learn about works of art, how art connects to other subject areas like English language arts, and try new art techniques. Each program is accompanied by background information for the adults, discussion questions to ponder over as a family, and additional lesson plans and activities to continue the learning at home. Monthly program themes can be found below.

Tickets are available 14 days prior to the program date. Please note that this is a self- guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

October 20, 2022 | Works on Paper Contemporary Show

This month we will explore The world is just so small, now: Works on paper from The Ringling’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art an exhibition highlighting the process and practice of prints, watercolors, and drawings. Bringing together prints, watercolors, and drawings by artists working on paper, The world is just so small, now, highlights the medium as fundamental to the artists’ practice. This month, we will explore The world is just so small, now, and learn about rarely seen works on paper from The Ringling collection. Through self-guided activities and guided art-making, we will explore the process of creating and caring for works on paper.

November 17, 2022 | Color Theory at The Ringling

This month we will explore the concepts of color theory at The Ringling! Join us for self-guided activities focused on color theory, color wheels, color relationships, and more as we discover color theory at work throughout The Ringling venues. After exploring color theory in the museums, join us in education classrooms for a reading of Sky Color and artmaking. This month, students will create their own colored sky inspired by The Ringling collection and Sky Color.

December- No Program

January- The Greatest Show on Earth

Come one, come all! Step right up and explore The Greatest Show on Earth at The Ringling! Discover The Ringling’s newest permanent exhibition highlighting The Greatest Show on Earth! Families will explore the history and legacy of circus, see what a full 24-hours with The Ringling Bros Circus looked like, and then try out everything they’ve learned in our hands-on activity gallery. This month, join us for circus wagon wheel art making and reading every 30 minutes in the classroom.

February - Portraits at The Ringling 

Join us for HTT: Portraits at The Ringling! This month, families will explore portraits in the Museum of Art, circus museums, and gardens. This month's activity guide will walk families through Ringling venues to analyze these works through the six elements of portraiture. Join us for self-portrait making and a reading of Parker Looks Up every 30 minutes. 

March - Women at The Ringling 

Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month at The Ringling with HTT: Women at The Ringling! This month, families will explore stories of women in the Museum of Art, circus museum, and gardens. Highlighted topics include: Mable Ringling, women artists, women depicted in art, female performers in the circus, and more! Students will create their own poems as we read selected works from Just Like Me every 30 minutes in the classroom. 

April - Sculpture at The Ringling

Glass, stone, metal, and more! Join us for an exploration of sculpture at The Ringling in the Museum of Art, circus museums, and gardens. This month, families will discover the process and craft of sculpture through selected works and guided activities. Students will create their own sculpture to take home as we read The Dress and The Girl every 30 minutes in the classroom. 

May - Seminole art at The Ringling

This month, explore themes, materials, and techniques of the contemporary Seminole artists highlighted in Reclaiming Home: Contemporary Seminole Art. Families will explore works by contemporary Seminole artists and then create works inspired by the themes, materials, and techniques. Join us in the classroom for artmaking and a reading of My Heart Fills With Happiness every 30 minutes.

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