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  • October 04, 2013 - October 19, 2013

All programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. To make a program reservation, please visit www.pem.org/calendar or call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.

Friday, October 4 | 5-8 pm

The Big Draw

All over the world people gather every October to doodle, sketch, think and share at Big Draw events now held in 20 countries. This year PEM joins the internationally acclaimed campaign, celebrated for its ambitious reach and simple goal: To get everyone drawing.


Come create your own sketchbook, discover the meditative benefits of zentangle or leave your mark on the world in sidewalk paint. Grab a crayon and your imagination and please remember everyone can draw if given the chance. All events made possible by the Lowell Institute.


Drop-In Art Making: Sidewalk Painting | 5-7 pm | Outside PEM's main entrance

Sure you've used sidewalk chalk, but have you ever seen sidewalk paint? Try our special recipe and get ready to paint the town!


Drop-In Art Making: Game for Anything | 5-7:30 pm | Atrium

Step right up and spin the wheel to take part in this collaborative art piece. A local artist constructed this game-like art experience to explore new ways to draw, paint and create.


Drop-In Art Making: In the Round, On the Ground | 5-8 pm | Atrium

Create your own large circular drawing using your entire body, some crayons and a surprise household object.


Performance: Pictures Come to Life | 6:30-7 pm | Atrium

Illustrator Jeff Hopkins creates an original story inspired by PEM's collection and then invites the audience to color in his larger-than-life pictures.


Saturday, October 5 | 10 am-4 pm

The Big Draw (continues)


Drop-In Art Making: Sidewalk Painting | 10 am-1 pm | Outside PEM's main entrance

Sure you've used sidewalk chalk, but have you ever seen sidewalk paint? Try our special recipe and get ready to paint the town!


Drop-In Art Making: Sketchbook Making Station | 10 am-3 pm | Atrium

Start the day by making your own sketchbook. We have a selection of fun papers to use. The first 100 people to check in get a special drawing kit to take home!


Drop-In Art Making: LightBomber Photo Booth | 10 am-4 pm | AtriumLight Photobooth

Come try this one-of-a kind photo booth that gives users the chance to experiment with light painting.


Drop-In Art Making: Fingertip Detectives | 11 am-1 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Solve the identity of unknown objects by drawing what you feel inside our mystery bags, or sketch objects from our natural history collection without being able to see your paper.


Drop-In Art Making: In the Round, On the Ground | 11 am-4 pm | Atrium

Create your own large circular drawing using your entire body, some crayons and a surprise household object.


Performance: Pictures Come to Life | 11:30 am-noon and 2-2:30pm | Atrium


Film: The BFG | 1- 2:30pm | Morse Auditorium | For families with children 6 and up

Sir Quentin Blake, one of the Big Draw's biggest patrons, is a British illustrator best known for his work with writer Roald Dahl. In this film, see how drawing and animation can be used to tell a story. 1989. 88 minutes.


Studio Discovery:Zentangle | 1:30-4 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Practitioners say the art form increases focus, provides creative satisfaction and an increased sense of well-being.


Saturday, October 5 | 10 am-noon | Peirce-Nichols House (80 Federal St., Salem) | Reservations by October 3

Walking Tour: Furniture in Context: Furnishing Salem's Federal Period Homes | Members $15, nonmembers $25

Dean Lahikainen, PEM's Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, reviews the furniture selections for the restorations of PEM's Peirce-Nichols and Gardner-Pingree houses. Participants will meet at the Peirce-Nichols House and then walk to the Gardner-Pingree House (128 Essex St.) Please wear comfortable shoes. Held in conjunction with the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Initiative (fourcenturies.org).


Sunday, October 6 | 2-3 pm | Meet at information desk

Story Trails: Maxed Out! | For children 5 to 8 with adult | Tickets available on day of program

Be inspired to draw outside the lines with Art & Max by David Wiesner. Made possible by Target


Thursday, October 17 | 6:30-9:30 pm

PEM/PM Party: Kung Fu Fighting | Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door

Enjoy a live performance by The Devil Music Ensemble as they play their original score for one of the only remaining feature length martial arts film from China's silent era: Red Heroine. The film was made at the height of the martial arts craze in 1920s Shanghai, and is a lively tale about the rise of a woman warrior that features the genre's then-characteristic blend of pulp and mystical derring-do. See a Kung Fu demonstration and learn about its history, try your hand at art making, join in a game and much more! The entire museum is open. Museum Shop open; cash bar, with snacks available for purchase.


Saturday, October 19 | 10 am-4 pm

Opening Day Festival: Creative Nature

Come take a walk on the wild side of art as we celebrate the opening of the redesigned Art & Nature Center! Meet participating artists from Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations, learn to dance like a bird, contribute to our collaborative environmental rangoli and more!


Drop-In Art Making: Paws-On Painting | 10 am-12:30 pm | Create Space 2

How would you paint if you had a trunk or claws instead of hands? Try our animal-inspired painting tools and make your mark!


Drop-In Art Making: Natural Patterns | 10:30 am-4 pm | Atrium

Join environmental artist Gowri Savoor to create a collaborative rangoli masterpiece of natural materials. Come back throughout the day to watch the pattern emerge and evolve! 


Artist Demonstration: Painting with Cockroaches | 10:30 am-12:30 pm | Atrium

Beyond Human artist Steven Kutcher demonstrates how he uses live hissing cockroaches to create collaborative artwork.


Story Time: Elephants Can Paint Too! | 10:30-11 am | For children ages 4 and up with adult | Meet at information desk

Do elephants learn to paint the same way as kids? What tools do they use? Find out as we read Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold and look at paintings made by elephants on display in Beyond Human


Performance: A Passion for Birds | 11-11:45 am and 1:15-2 pm | Atrium

Artist Henry Lappen studied numerous birds to create the masks and movements that form his dance. Learn how to strike a pose like a sea gull or soar like an eagle in this participatory, comic performance!


Drop-In Art Making: Art of the Hive | Noon-3 pm | Create Space 1

Meet beekeeper Barbara Milhender and find out more about the tools and techniques for working with bees. Then create your own beeswax artwork to take home.


ElephantsArtist Presentation: Elephants as Artists | 1-1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium | Recommended for preteens through adults

Beyond Human artist Alex Melamid, co-founder of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project, and the project's director David Ferris discuss their groundbreaking work with Asian elephants throughout Southeast Asia.


Performance: Go, Dog, Go! | 2-2:45 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Watch the dogs of Operation Canine go through their paces! These highly intelligent dogs work in close collaboration with their human partners.


Drop-In Art Making: Stackable Stones | 2-4 pm | Create Space 2

Work with environmental artist Kyle Browne to create one-of-a-kind balanced sculpture of stones and other natural materials collected around the North Shore.


Artist Performance: Musical Collaboration With a Dog Named Tom | 2:30-2:45 pm, performance and 2:45-3:15 pm, demonstration | Morse Auditorium

Tickets available on day of program | Recommended for children ages 8 and up

Beyond Human artist Julie Andreyev performs a site-specific composition on an instrument known as a scratch theremin, creating a collaborative piece with projection video and recordings made with her dog, Tom. Made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.


Artist Presentation: Bugs in the Movies | 3:30-4:15 pm | Morse Auditorium | Tickets available on day of program

Artist Steven Kutcher works as a bug wrangler for television, commercials and movies, including Spiderman, Matilda and We Bought a Zoo. Enjoy his behind-the-scenes stories about working with insects on camera




Select Saturdays | 11 am-1 pm

Gallery Spot: World Atlas

Head to the Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery on the Ground Level in September and October to meet a museum educator and take a closer look at a 1647 paper atlas on view in Golden Light, Selections from the Van Otterloo Collection. Made possible by American Dental Partners.


Saturdays and Sundays | 1-3 pm

Drop-In Art Making

Weekend drop-in activities resume October 19 with the reopening of the Art & Nature Center. Made possible by the American Dental Partners.


Saturdays and Sundays | 1-3 pm | Ask for cart's location at information desk

Art Investigations

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.


Wednesdays | 10:30 am

PEM Pals | For caregivers and children up to age 5 | Meet at information desk

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on

activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

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