Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to “Peek into the Past” this school year during Barnetimen (Children's Hour). Join Lea Lovelace from ArtHaus the second Wednesday of each month to explore the daily lives of immigrant ancestors through familiar objects in our own lives.
Barnetimen is free of charge and sponsored by Keith and Amy Bruening of Decorah, Bank of the West, and the Depot Outlet. No previous sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them.
Each session will start by playing a matching game as we check out familiar modern-day objects and then reveal the related object from the past in the museum’s collections. Throughout the year together, we will explore such topics as family, travel, clothing, holiday traditions, hobbies, food preparation, and dwellings.
After the museum visit, children and caregivers will return to the ArtHaus Studio for a related art activity and snack.
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.
Upcoming Barnetimen dates and topics:
- September 12, 2012 - travel
- October 10, 2012 - dwellings
- November 14, 2012 - food preparation
- December 12, 2012 - holiday traditions
- January 9, 2013 - clothing
- February 13, 2013 - hobbies
- March 13, 1013 - family
- April 10, 2013 - final matching game
For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, at 563-382-9681 or email@example.com. More information about ArtHaus can be found at www.arthausdecorah.org.