Barnetimen (Children's Hour)


When: 10:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month.
Where: Meet first at ArtHaus Studio at 516 W. Water St., visit the museum, and then back to ArtHaus for an art project and snacks.
Who: Preschoolers and ther caregivers.
Cost: Free

Vesterheim invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to to see like an artist, think like an artist, and create like an artist this school year during Barnetimen (Children's Hour). Join Lea Lovelace from ArtHaus at 10:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month to explore the lives of immigrants revealed through artwork in the museum's collections.

Barnetimen is free of charge and sponsored by Keith and Amy Bruening of Decorah, David and Brenda Carlson of Decorah, and Bank of the West. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No previous sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them.

“Each month we’ll learn about our ancestor’s daily lives as we investigate colors, shapes, patterns, and stories in all types of artwork. The museum's collections include everything— paintings, sculptures, carvings, and weavings, plus we’ll explore the eagerly anticipated exhibition ‘The World of Jan Brett,’” said Lovelace. After the museum visit, children and caregivers will return to the ArtHaus Studio to create their own artwork and end with snacks.

A Decorah native and a Luther College graduate, Lovelace has worked in the field of Art Education for over a decade and has her Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught art with diverse populations of varied ages, directed programs for a not-for-profit community art school, and managed teacher programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She co-founded ArtHaus in Decorah in 2008 with theater professional Kristen Underwood and teaches art classes there each year.

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For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, at 563-382-9681 or . More information about ArtHaus can be found at