Nurture Through Art

The NBMAA’s Nurture Through Art: Infant to Teen programs enhance children’s appreciation of art through various interactive projects, therefore fostering intellectual growth and promoting self-confidence and emotional expression. We accommodate all ages and focus on each stage of artistic development in your child’s life. Nurture through Art: Infant to Teen receives support from the DECD. If you have any questions or want to sign up contact Kate Swanson, Coordinator of Family & Community Programs, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 220 or at

Programs for Early Learners:

Museum & Me: Playdates with Art (ages 0-24 months)–In this hour-long program, parents and caregivers learn how to share art with their babies by recognizing and responding to signs of visual stimulation. Led by Museum educators and docents, Museum & Me features guided gallery explorations and a sensory play session.

Museum & Me Too: Toddler Time (ages 24-36 months)–Building on the success of Museum & Me, this 45-minute program invites toddlers and their caregivers to join Museum educators for storytime, a sensory tour, and an exploratory artmaking session in our children’s Art Studio.

Art Start (ages 3-5)–On Saturdays from 11-11:45 a.m., young children and their caregivers are invited to discover art together! Through active storybook reading, observation of a single work of art, and a related art project, this program develops visual and verbal literary skills. Children (and caregivers) will be engaged and entertained during this period of fun and learning!

Programs for Children:

Art Adventures (ages 6 & up)–The Museum hosts one or three-day sessions during school breaks, typically from 10:30 a.m.- noon, for children interested in exploring special exhibits and kid-friendly topics through innovative art projects such as the art of recyclables. Caregivers are welcome to participate in this exciting program to help build your child’s appreciation of art!

Art Explorers (ages 6-8)–On Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon, students can explore their creativity by creating one-of-a-kind works of art! Themes and projects vary weekly, allowing valuable exposure to diverse artists, artworks, and techniques. Artistic expression fosters future success and builds confidence and imagination in children. See what inspires your child to get creative!

Studio@4 (ages 8-10)–In this afterschool program, students delve into various art materials, processes, and production through month-long sessions held on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Each month is led by a different artist-in-residence who guides students through all stages of the creative process, from conception to completion, inspired by museum exhibits.

Programs for Youth and Teens:

Youth Drawing 101 (ages 11-13)–On Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m., students hone their drawing skills and learn about the history and practice of art through gallery chats and exhibit-inspired projects. Guided by Museum educators, students are surrounded by art as they work on their projects and receive individualized instruction and feedback. At the end of each monthly class, leaders facilitate group reflection sessions to help students learn and improve.

Teen Studio: Advanced Drawing & Portfolio Building (ages 14-18)–This class invites teens to take their art beyond basic drawing techniques and express themselves through inspired, visually striking images. Using various materials and advanced artistic concepts, students will learn to convey their personal vision as they develop a professional portfolio that will represent their ability in a well-rounded way.

Teen Internships (ages 14-18)–High school students learn the inner workings of the Museum and acquire community service hours as teen interns in the Education Department. Students may provide assistance with studio classes, prepare and maintain art supplies, design activities for the ArtLab, and work with Museum staff on a variety of other projects that provide experience and exposure to the museum profession.