Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Vesterheim invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to explore art and culture with museum tours, hands-on art projects, and snacks during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour). Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus instructors Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from September through April to explore art and culture.

2017-2018 dates are—

  • September 19, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
  • November 21, 2017
  • December 19, 2017
  • January 16, 2018
  • February 20, 2018
  • March 20, 2018
  • April 17, 2018

Barnetimen is free of charge and no previous sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Meet at Vesterheim’s Main Building and then head to the museum’s Westby-Torgerson Education Center down the block for an art project and snack.

Barnetimen is sponsored by David and Brenda Carlson, Keith and Amy Bruening, Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association, and Black Hills Energy.

Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant are practicing studio artists with extensive experience in arts administration and arts education. Jenni holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has worked as the Executive Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Education Director for LUX Center for the Arts. Largely a self-taught artist, Eric holds a BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and extensive post-graduate education in the arts. He has taught with LUX Center for the Arts, Doane College, and independently, while also being studio assistant to artist Eddie Dominguez.

For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, at 563-382-9681 or