Family & Children's Programs

A variety of programs for families are offered throughout the year. 


Creative Cat-ventures
Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. to noon.
Take an imaginative journey as artist Karl J. Kuerner reads from his series of children's books about "Ike," an adventurous cat who enjoys exploring the Brandywine Valley and beyond. The readings will be followed by a book signing featuring Ike at Night, Ike Takes Flight, and the newly-released Ike at Sea, all available in the museum shop. In honor of Ike, make your own creative cat-themed art project. Free for members and included in museum admission, which is free on Sunday mornings until noon.


Advanced Explorers Art Classes
Week-long programs encourage youth to experiment with traditional artistic approaches while also introducing new techniques. Classes include guided museum tours, art projects, and supplies. Cost is $100 per child; $75 for Brandywine Conservancy members. Reservations available at 610-388-8326 or

Outdoor Adventure: Drawing Inspiration from Nature
June 23 - 27, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., ages 8 - 11
Just another landscape? Not during this adventurous week! Find inspiration in the local environment to develop new and innovative works of art. Use traditional techniques like painting, photography, and printmaking while trying new approaches like assemblage and found-object sculptures to create a new art adventure every day!

Artstagram: Illustration in the 21st Century
June 23 - 27, 1 - 4 p.m., ages 12 - 15
From illuminated manuscripts to the work of N.C. Wyeth, illustrations have enriched stories for centuries. Today we illustrate our lives daily through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. During this week, take a fresh look at illustration and consider how stories are captured and communicated in today's world. Use painting, drawing, and photography in traditional and non-traditional ways to learn how elements of design, portraiture, and landscape can bring a story to life!

Museum Explorer Mornings
Introduce children to art through Museum Explorer Mornings, to be held at the Brandywine River Museum on Thursdays in July this summer. Participate in one or all five of these workshops designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Each program will include a thematic, interactive guided tour followed by a creative art project. Two sessions will be held each day: Session A: 10 a.m. or Session B: 11 a.m. Workshops are free with regular museum admission. To register contact the Education office at 610-388-8382 or
  • July 3: Red, White and Blue
    Find red, white and blue in works of art and design a flag using these colors and more.
  • July 10: Paint by Nature
    Observe how artists paint nature and capture the beauty of the Brandywine landscape using watercolor crayons.
  • July 17: Amazing Animals
    Look for animals in paintings and sculpture and assemble an imaginative creature.
  • July 24: Fine Lines
    Discover lines of every kind in art throughout the museum and draw a scratch art scene.
  • July 31: Portrait Parade
    Explore traditional and unusual portraits and create a self-portrait collage.

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 • Phone: 610-388-2700

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