Family Discovery Gallery
The Family Discovery Gallery is an interactive center for children and their families. With over a dozen "hands on" exhibits, the Family Discovery Gallery introduces and explores the Paine's exceptional combination of architecture, gardens and art. The Paine's gallery has three learning areas called Discover the House, Discover Gardens, and Discover Art, as well as a central activity area for changing projects and workshops that encourage children to look, touch, experiment and create in new and fun ways.
The activities in the Family Discovery Gallery are free with admission to the Paine (free for members and Big Brothers Big Sisters participants).
A new schedule of fun and creative Family Programs is offered every Saturday in the Family Discovery Gallery. In coordination with local artists, community members, teachers and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, the Paine’s Family Programs encourage children to learn about art, architecture and horticulture in new ways.
Family Programs are offered on Saturdays in the Family Discovery Gallery on a drop-in basis from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The programs are geared for children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. Programs are free with admission to the Paine (free for Paine Members and Big Brothers Big Sisters participants).
Mount Vernon was George Washington’s home in Virginia, but it was also a farm where crops and animals were raised. For some fun today make a handful of animal puppets of some of the creatures you might have seen any day if you visited our first president’s country home. Then use our puppet theater and present a show filled with the “moos” and “baas” and perhaps a “meow” or a “bark” that would have filled his barnyard over two hundred years ago.
Flowers have been the theme of artists for centuries and making prints is just about as old. The printmaking process requires several steps before the final piece of artwork is ready for display and Kate Baumgart will help you with each step. You will use your own floral designs to create a printing block, a brayer to ink it and then you will press your art onto paper. And because an artist knows that framing or mounting a print are important too, you can add that finishing touch so it will be wall-ready!
Artist Ruth Rex visits the Family Discovery Gallery today so get ready to create a special work of art! The theme of course, is flowers. You choose from many vibrant colors and then let the fun begin. Working with a variety of textures, Ruth will show you how to use some different art materials in your design. Add some bright pink here, some majestic violet or lime green there--but what will really make it “blossom” is the final touch done with the swish of a brush!
A legend began in Ireland in 1446 that if you kissed a certain stone at the Blarney Castle you will receive a gift—the gift of eloquence. Some folks say this is the gift of gab—meaning you will certainly have a lot to say! Create your own miniature Blarney stone with Danielle Lokken and then give it a kiss and hopefully everyone will be listening!
Have you ever awoken at night because of a nightmare? That is no fun at all. That is why today’s project is all about helping to make “sweet dreams”. You will use fabric paint to decorate a small pillow, just the right size to tuck next to your cheek as you lay in bed. You may just want to hurry home and take a nap!
Are you fond of cats or dogs? Do you like bears or zebras? What about a turtle or a salamander? Using air-dry clay you choose your subject matter and form basic shapes to end up with a perfect petite critter. After some drying time at home you can add color with paint or markers and give your creature a colorful personality.
Family Discovery Gallery Sponsors
The Family Discovery Gallery and related programs are generously supported by:
American Air Environmental Services
American Transmission Company
Associated Trust Company
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
BMO Harris Bank
Cartridge World, Oshkosh
Community First Credit Union
Custom Tree Surgery
Digital Printing Innovations
Fox Valley Savings Bank
Gartman Mechanical Services
Heidi A. Heath Farms
Herbert H. Kohl Charities
Hiwela Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
Jacobson Auto Sales Inc.
Kitz & Pfeil True Value Hardware
Phyllis L. Leach
Mail List Processing
Martenson & Eisele, Inc.
Mountain Dog Media
Oshkosh Coil Spring
Oshkosh Corporation Foundation
Quality Building Restoration
Rhyme Business Products
Sadoff & Rudoy Industries
Valley Pest Control
Wesner Auto Body
Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation