September 20, 2008 - January 4, 2009


Related Programs


Please register for the lectures by calling (937) 223-5277, ext. 333, or by e-mailing
Style and Status, Spaniels and Straw Hats: American Paintings of Children
Sunday, September 28, 1:00 p.m.
Carol Troyen, the Kristin and Roger Servison Emerita Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the curator of Children in American Art. Whether presented as miniature adults or as "barefoot boys with cheeks of tan," children have always been popular subjects for American painters. From Copley's girls with pet spaniels to Homer's straw-hatted schoolboys to Cassatt's self-possessed infants, these paintings more often reflect their era's aspirations than document the actual conditions of childhood. This lecture will explore the cultural values contained in these paintings and many other charming images from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.
Free for members, Fee for non-members
What Does It Mean to Be a Child? Sociohistorical Perspectives on Childhood
Thursday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.
University of Dayton anthropology professor Dr. Kristen Cheney presents a socio-historical perspective on what it means to be a child. Though we often think of childhood as a timeless and universal experience, the idea itself is actually a fairly recent invention. This lecture will examine the many different ways in which childhood is imagined and understood.
Free for members, Fee for non-members
Children at Play: Through the Lens of Artist Allan Rohan Crite
Thursday, November 20, 6:00 p.m.
Valena Randolph, an education specialist at the National Afro-American Museum, discusses African-American artist Allan Rohan Crite and his work depicting children in Boston's South End in the 1930s and 1940s.
Free for members, Fee for non-members
Participate in a docent-led tour of Children in American Art. Following the tour enjoy afternoon tea with miniature sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, and an assortment of desserts.
Tours & Teas are available on the following dates:
Sunday, October 12
Tuesday, October 28
Tuesday, November 11
Sunday, November 23
Tours begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by afternoon tea at 2:00 p.m.
Reservations required; please call (937) 512-0125 or e-mail
Registration is required for Family Days. Please call (937) 223-5277, ext. 334, or e-mail
A Celebration of Children
Sunday, October 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Experience a day in the life of a child during the 1700s and 1800s.
-Meet people from the past and hear their stories, including poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar
-Play historical games and make art projects with historical materials
-Watch an old-fashioned ice cream making demonstration and enjoy your own scoop of ice cream
-Come dressed in your favorite historical costume
-Watch an historical episode of Wishbone
-Take a tour of Children in American Art
A Grand Afternoon at the Museum
Sunday, November 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
A special program for grandparents and grandchildren. Bring pictures of your family and enjoy an afternoon learning about the past.
-Meet a genealogist and learn how to trace your family history
-Make a family tree and create your own art museum-inspired memory book
-Play historical storytelling games and go on scavenger hunts
-Participate in an oral history circle led by a Dayton historian
-Enjoy old fashioned cookies and punch
-Take a tour of Children in American Art
Painting Children
Saturdays, October 18 - November 22
1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Ages 16+
Instructor: Greg Dearth
Learn the art of painting portraits of children. Working in oils, paint from a live child model and from photographs. Learn proportions, under painting, palette choice and color mixing.
Participant supplies own materials. A list of materials will be sent with confirmation and may be viewed online at Call (937) 223-5277, ext. 334, or e-mail to register.

(above: Mary Stevenson Cassatt, American, 1844-1926, Caresse Maternelle, c. 1902, Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of Miss Aimée Lamb in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Appelton Lamb. Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


(above: Robert Earle Henri, American, 1865-1929, Irish Girl (Mary O'Donnel), 1913, Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, bequest of John T. Spaulding. Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)


(above: William Matthew Prior, American, 1806-1873, Three Sisters of the Copeland Family, 1854, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865. Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

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