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Jun
26
to Aug 23

Summer Art Studio

The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Have your kids join the Armenian Museum for a journey through Armenian culture and explore the wonder of creating art. The Armenian Museum is offering two sessions of two-week art programs to children of all backgrounds, ages 6-10 and 11-14 years old. We have added new fun and exciting content to our classes, so make sure your kids don’t miss out!

For students 15-18 years old, contact us about creating an independent art study program.

Separate classes will be held for students ages 6-10 and 11-14.
Ages: 6-10 (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)

Session 1 Dates: June 26-July 5, Wednesday and Friday (4 classes total)
Session 2 Dates: Aug 14-23, Wednesday and Friday (4 classes total)

Cost per student: $120. Members (family or higher) $96!
Individual drop-in classes can be purchased for $35. Members $28. 
For individual classes please call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617-926-2562, ext. 103.

A 10% discount will be offered for each additional sibling in the same course and/or class.     
Please call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617-926-2562, ext. 103 to redeem this offer.

All materials are non-toxic. All materials, aprons, snacks, and water are provided.

*Please alert staff in advance of any food allergies your child may have.

2019 Class Schedule

Session 1: (Read about and sign up for Session 1 below!)

June 26-July 5, Wednesday and Friday: 6-10 years old (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)
Wednesday, June 26
Friday, June 28
Wednesday, July 3
Friday, July 5

Cost: $120; $96 for members

Individual classes may be purchased by calling Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 ext. 103: $35, $28 for members

All materials will be provided

Session 2: (Read about and sign up for Session 2 below!)

Aug 14-23, Wednesday and Friday: 6-10 years old (11am-1pm), 11-14 years old (3pm-5pm)
Wednesday, August 14
Friday, August 16
Wednesday, August 21
Friday, August 23

Cost: $120; $96 for members

Individual classes may be purchased by calling Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 ext. 103: $35, $28 for members

All materials will be provided


About the instructors

Garin Habeshian is the Education Coordinator at the Armenian Museum. He received a Master’s in Teaching at Clark University in 2015.

Arevik Tserunyan is the 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Armenian Dance Lessons!

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Location: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Time: Sunday, July 28: 2-4 pm

Get your dancing shoes ready! Join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance at the Armenian Museum of America on Sunday, July 28 from 2-4pm! Together, Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country, including some from Sepastia, Erzurum, Van, and Kharpert. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.  

Cost per student: $20 Non-Members; $15 Members 

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Aug
4
to Aug 11

Learn Traditional Marash Embroidery Technique!

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Join Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian at the Armenian Museum for a hands-on workshop (2 classes) to learn the unique tradition of Marash Embroidery! Marash Kordz (handwork of Marash) was a form of embroidery popular among the Armenians of Marash, a city in Cilician Armenia near the Mediterranean Sea. Created by weaving a surface pattern through a lattice framework of two rows, it was originally used for decorating various household textiles, usually furnishings. Although the embroidery is now extinct in Marash due to the Armenian Genocide, it is still practiced by Armenian women throughout the Diaspora. 

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn this traditional technique and see beautiful examples in the Museum’s collection!

Classes are August 4th and 11th, 2-4pm.

All materials will be provided. Limit 12 students per class.

Cost: $60 Become a member to receive a 20% discount! $48 members.

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Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Onion Skin Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop

Celebrate Easter at the Armenian Museum by joining our Armenian Egg Dyeing Workshop!

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2–5 pm

Where: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

Cost: $15, Members receive a 20% discount: $12

Taught by Armenian artist Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, this workshop explores the traditional Armenian Easter practice of decorating eggs using onion skin dye techniques. All ages are welcome so just show up ready to share in this beautiful Armenian tradition.

The natural process of boiling onion skins produces a magical red dye, which gives an amazing range of various shades of red and brown. Herbs and flowers are placed on the shell to resist the dye to form enchanting patterns.

DID YOU KNOW….

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ. The red color symbolizes the Blood of Christ while the hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ. Armenian tradition includes egg fights where finished eggs are cracked against each other. The breaking of the shell is said to represent Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Breaking shells is optional though so you may choose to keep your eggs intact!

Don’t miss out on this fun, educational activity and the chance to have the best Easter eggs at your Easter celebration!

Become a Member to receive discounts on classes, workshops, the museum shop, plus free admission and more!

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Mar
31
to Apr 14

Needlelace Workshop

Needlelace Workshops

at the Armenian Museum!

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…needlework can be seen as giving a woman a kind of ‘voice’: stitches, instead of words, becoming a language through which she might speak.

-Anush Sharambeyan, Needle Arts, Armenian Folk Arts, Culture, and Identity

Join us for this unique opportunity to continue the tradition of Armenian needlelace!

Taught by Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian, these three sessions are a unique opportunity to learn intricate regional techniques that were passed down through generations from mother to daughter. All materials are supplied so just show up ready to learn techniques practiced by Armenian women for centuries.

Examples from the Museum’s textile collection will provide inspiration as you find your voice by sewing edgings on linens.

Have Armenian needlelace at home? Bring them in to share your family story!

When: Sundays from March 31st to April 14th, 3pm–5pm.

Where: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

Cost: $90, Members discount: $60

Become a Member to receive discounts on classes, workshops, the museum shop, plus free admission and more!

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Feb
20
to Mar 30

Winter Studio Classes

Art Studio Program at the Armenian Museum!

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Beginning this February break, the Armenian Museum is offering a six-week art program for children of all backgrounds ages 7-14 years old. The program’s classes are Drawing and Painting, Collage, and Pottery Decoration. Students will find inspiration among the objects on display in our galleries, and study global influences on Armenian art and culture. Each class will be a fun, interactive journey of discovery!

Drawing and Painting

During the first class, students will explore observational drawing techniques while sketching objects on display in the galleries. The following class will focus on the artwork of Arshile Gorky, which highlights concepts of abstraction and composition to challenge students’ notions of art and representation. Our artists will apply these techniques to their sketches, and leave with beautiful figurative and abstract works of art!

Collage

Students in our collage classes will draw inspiration from renowned 20th-century Armenian artist Sergei Parajanov. Our instructor will lead them on an interactive examination of Parajanov’s collages, where they will learn about Surrealism and avant-garde ideas, lighting a creative spark that guides them in the creation of their own unique compositions. 

Pottery Decoration

In the 18th century, the Armenian ceramic tradition flourished in Kütahya (modern-day Turkey). With global influences and vibrant yellow and red bole colors, Kütahya ceramics are a distinctive and treasured part of Armenian heritage! Students will connect with the unique Kütahya ceramic tradition through examples in our collection, before painting their own original designs on pottery.

About the instructors

Garin Habeshian is the Education Coordinator at the Armenian Museum. He received a Master’s in Teaching at Clark University in 2015.

Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018–2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Dec
8
to Dec 22

Children’s Armenian Christmas Workshops

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This year we are welcoming children of all backgrounds ages 6-12 to celebrate the season of giving by making Christmas cards and ornaments using traditional Armenian motifs. These workshops will be held in our newly renovated Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, and each will focus on the spirit of sharing by creating meaningful gifts under the guidance of our Artist-in-Residence, Arevik Tserunyan.

Our four Children’s Armenian Christmas Workshops focus on creating Armenian Christmas cards and Armenian Christmas ornaments to allow children to use their creativity by making hand-made gifts for family and friends. After all, that is the true meaning of Christmas!

Each class is $15.00 and open to 30 students.

Each class runs from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Select a date and sign up using the following links:

Saturday, December 8

Wednesday, December 12

Saturday, December 15

Wednesday, December 19

Saturday, December 22

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Jul
10
to Aug 23

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting II

Painting II, ages 11-15

The Museum is offering Painting II art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries! 

2018 Class Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2–4 pm
Thursday, July 12, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 2–4 pm
Thursday, July 19, 2–4 pm

Session 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2–4 pm
Thursday, August 16, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2–4 pm
Thursday, August 23, 2–4 pm

Tuition: $120, Members receive a 25% discount!

All materials will be provided: Gouache paints, brush sets, pallets, charcoal, graphite pencils, ink sets, sketchpads, and canvases.

Class size is limited to 12 students in each class.

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

About the instructor
Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jul
10
to Aug 23

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting I

Painting I, ages 6-10

The Museum is offering Painting I art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries! 

2018 Class Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday, July 10, 10–12 pm
Thursday, July 12, 10–12 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 10–12 pm
Thursday, July 19, 10–12 pm

Session 2

Tuesday, August 14, 10–12 pm
Thursday, August 16, 10–12 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 10–12 pm
Thursday, August 23, 10–12 pm

Tuition: $120, Members receive a 25% discount!

All materials will be provided: Gouache paints, brush sets, pallets, charcoal, graphite pencils, ink sets, sketchpads, and canvases.

Class size is limited to 12 students in each class.

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

About the instructor
Arevik Tserunyan is the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and has shown her work in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as in Boston, MA. Arevik has taught at Yerevan Pedagogical University and the School of Fine Arts for Children in Armenia and was a Teaching Assistant at the SMFA in Boston. Arevik is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian and brings her unique artistic perspective to these courses to help children explore ideas within the Museum setting.

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Onion Skin Dye Workshop

Detail from  Altamira,  Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, 2017.

Detail from Altamira, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, 2017.

Adele and Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor

During the closing weekend of Skins, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian will teach an onion skin dye workshop. Express your creativity while learning about a traditional Armenian art form and making a beautiful piece to take home!

Adults, children, and families of all ages are welcome!

$25 for adults
$10 for children under age 12
Members receive an additional 25% off (Use promo code AMAMEMBER at checkout)

All materials will be provided.

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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Collage Night at the Museum

Sergei Paradjanov,  The Last Supper , 1988

Sergei Paradjanov, The Last Supper, 1988

Be creative, learn something new, and have fun at the Armenian Museum! Find inspiration among the objects in the Museum galleries, learn about the fascinating work of Parajanov, and create your own masterpieces. Participants will indulge in the meditative process of collaging Armenian images on painted backgrounds while enjoying a festive atmosphere. Beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome—our Artist-in-Residence instructor, Arevik Tserunyan, will provide step-by-step instructions. Let the objects tell their stories through your collages!

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Nov
7
to Dec 20

Painting and Drawing II

The painting and visual art course will introduce young students to the general history of Armenian art. Students will learn various painting, drawing and mixed-media techniques. We will experiment by working with various types of paper, as well as learning a unique technique of collage and decoupage. Our studio will become an art laboratory where we will investigate one of the oldest civilization’s culture and history as well as find new formulas in painting and drawing. The goal of our “expedition” is to enrich our little “archeologists” with creative and analytical way of thinking.

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Nov
6
to Dec 19

Painting and Drawing I

The painting and visual art course will introduce young students to the general history of Armenian art. Students will learn various painting, drawing and mixed-media techniques. We will experiment by working with various types of paper, as well as learning a unique technique of collage and decoupage. Our studio will become an art laboratory where we will investigate one of the oldest civilization’s culture and history, as well as find new formulas in painting and drawing. The goal of our “expedition” is to enrich our little “archeologists” with creative and analytical way of thinking.

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Jul
13
to Aug 3

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting II

The Museum is offering Painting II art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries.

Painting II, ages 11-14
July 13 - August 3, 2017
Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (4 Classes)

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

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Jul
11
to Aug 1

Summer Studio Art Classes - Painting I

The Museum is offering Painting I art classes this summer for kids interested in learning to paint and draw among the objects in the galleries.

Painting I, ages 6-10
July 11 - August 1, 2017
Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am (4 Classes)

Students will be introduced to key artistic methods at the heart of the drawing and painting process. Observational skills will be developed through experimentation with a variety of drawing and painting techniques, including gouache, watercolor, charcoal, graphite and colored pencils, and ink.

The Museum collection will be a source of inspiration and learning. Students will be exposed to art objects and artifacts in the galleries as sources of inspiration to create original works of self-expression.

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