New Britain Museum of American Art has new lineup of studio class, educational programs, social events

Published on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 12:11
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art has created a new lineup of studio classes, educational programs and social events for a wide spectrum of ages and interests this month.

A Wednesdays Watercolor with Mary Smeallie class runs every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. Adults can also enjoy the Creating with Clay Studio Workshop with Jim Brunelle every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Thursdays, from 4-5:30 p.m., children ages 9-12 can enjoy Looking to Nature with Meredith Arcari Luciano studio classes. For younger children, every Saturday there is the Art Start program from 11-11:45 a.m. for ages 3-5 and Art Explorers from 10:30 a.m.-noon for ages 6-8.

The museum also announced Docent-led tours are back every weekend in March, at 1 p.m. The tour highlights the NBMAA’s permanent collection on Saturdays and NBMAA’s special exhibition, The Poetry of Nature, on Sundays.

Guests can look forward to more Gallery Talks and lectures throughout the month, including a lecture by Catharine Rogers and Distinguished Lecturer Charles Button on “Climate Change Impacts on Connecticut Agriculture” Thursday, March 10 from 6-7 p.m.

There will be a Docent-led Gallery Talk called “Poetry in Nature: Hudson River School Artists and Nineteenth-Century American Writers” Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. there will be a lecture called “Old Objects and New Audiences: The Hudson River School Today” by William Coleman. Finally, Jasmine DeJackome will be leading the Spotlight Gallery Talk on “Decorative Women in American Art” Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. the Sunday Music Series will feature Music for Country Fiddle.

For nightlife enthusiasts, First Friday with live music is back after a two-year hiatus. The popular Museum After Dark (M.A.D. Party) event is Friday, March 25.

To end the month there will be another full day adult studio workshop of monotype printmaking with Kasey Ramirez Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. And Wednesday, March 30 at 1 p.m. Valerie Hegarty and Maura O’Shea will be hosting the Spotlight Gallery Talk.

The museum is always free to children under 18, and free to everyone Saturday mornings, thanks to the American Savings Foundation.

Registration is now open for on-site studio art classes for children, tweens and adults. To learn more and to register for these classes, programs and events visit the museum’s website at

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 12:11. Updated: Wednesday, 2 March 2022 12:13.