Discovery Days is a museum camp that explores history and culture through art. A series of 12 history-based creative experiences each offered twice throughout the summer, kids start in the Museum and move outside for exploration! Sessions are appropriate for kids ages 5-12.
Questions about the programs? Call Education Director Ann DuCharme, 508-627-4441 x118.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10am-12pm at the Museum: 59 School Street, Edgartown
July classes repeat in August.
$15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Reserve 3 classes, get a 4th free.
Reservations required for all sessions. Space is limited.
For day-of registration, call 508-627-4441 x110.
2017 Discovery Days
August 1 - Vintage Postcard Tower
Old Vineyard postcards are works of art and glimpses into history. They’re also building material! How much weight can a tower support? How high can it go?
July 5/August 2 - Heath Hen Paper Sculptures
Even though they went extinct in 1932, the heath hen is still beloved. Learn sculpture techniques to create our own Heath Hens.
July 6/August 3 - Scavenger Hunt at the Federated Church
Solving a series of clues and riddle rhymes, explore the Island’s oldest church inside and out and learn about historic architecture.
July 11/August 8 - Island Animal Collage
Love skunks, squirrels, seals? Otters, deer, owls? Make an Eric Carle inspired collage, and learn more about Island animal habitats.
July 12/August 9 - What Floats Your Boat?
Learn the design principles of balance, ballast, weight bearing, and waterproofing, and construct a boat to test on the water.
July 13/August 10 - Rare Moths of the Frost Bottom
Why do endangered moths pick frost bottoms created by glaciers for their home? Learn about these creatures, and make a dip-stained moth painting.
July 18/August 15 - Fish Prints (Gyotaku)
Apply ink real and reproduction bluefish, flounder, and scallops to learn the Japanese art form Gyotaku once used to document how big your catch was.
July 19/August 16 - Monsters in the Museum
Curate your own exhibit in a mini museum. Then, create badly behaved (paper) monsters to trash it!
July 20/August 17 - Loïs Landscapes
Paint bright, saturated Vineyard landscapes using watercolor and tissue paper, inspired by Island artist Löis Maillou Jones.
July 25/August 22 - Harpooning 101
Whales are no longer harpooned, but a lot can be learned about harpoon artifacts. Create your own harpoon, and test it on a giant (paper) whale.
July 26/August 23 - Nature Prints
Use herbs from our colonial garden to try three print techniques: smashing, stamping, and solar grams with mint iced tea.
July 27/August 24 - Sailor Valentines
Learn how whalers created exquisite gifts using intricate seashell patterns. Bring your own seashells or use ours to make treasure boxes.