girl doing art project in the print studio

December 2018 Family Fun at the DAM

Enjoy Winter Break Activities & More

December is here and the museum is hopping.
Stop by for a visit in between holiday shopping.
Bring both family and friends and spend time together.
Have fun, be creative, and escape wintry weather!

Visiting the museum and don’t know where to start?
Try the Print Studio and Create-n-Takes and make your own art!

Step into the Print Studio to get into a printmaker's mindset and create your own original prints. Design your own printing plate, or experiment with color and layering. Best of all—no printmaking experience is required. For more insight into the process, catch printmaking demonstrations on weekends, noon–3 pm.

On weekends (and daily during Winter Break) check out two art projects in the museum galleries. On Level 3, “Home on the Range” explores a painting that’s truly a visitor favorite: Motherwell’s Angus by Theodore Waddell. Explore the painting and create your own abstract landscape to take home. Head up to Level 4 to stitch together an animal scene that’s “Sew Wild!” Explore artist Carol Eckert’s technique and discover the stories and symbolism behind familiar creatures.

a man and a little girl in the family space A Walk in the Woods

Although this month is busy, you won’t have to wait
for our favorite fox detectives and a new Create Playdate!

In addition to all the Winter Break happenings, our monthly programs continue as normal and offer new and fun ways to experience the museum.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives continue their sleuthing on December 9. Pick up a letter from the Fox Box in the atrium to find the foxes in the galleries. There are two chances to catch the fox detectives and hear the new clues: 10:30 am. and 11:30 am.

Then join us on December 12 from 10 am–1 pm for Create Playdate, an artmaking experience specially created for 3-5 year olds and their grown-ups. This month, get inspired by artist Julie Buffalohead’s whimsical paintings and illustrate your own animal story.

2 people in the stampede exhibition drawing horses

When school is out and homework is done,
Join us for lots of Winter Break fun!

From December 22–January 6 stop by the museum for family fun. The Print Studio, gallery activities, A Walk in the Woods family space, and two Create-n-Takes are open daily.

Catch the immersive play Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition—a true family favorite—for new artwork spotlights and stories. Join us as we uncover the history and inspiration behind three sculptures in the museum collection, and cast a vote for your favorite.

Not sure what to do while the family’s in town?
Dior: From Paris to the World is open now!

Explore a new exhibition that celebrates the history of an iconic fashion house and the incredible creativity and artistry that goes into designing and producing a multitude of garments. Follow along using the family audio guide as Christian Dior’s sister Catherine shares stories and insights about the dresses and more.

Dior: From Paris to the World requires an extra ticket. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

If you are inspired by artists, there’s plenty to see.Paintings and prints—even an insect nursery!

Check out a new installation by Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz, titled The Incubation Effect. Banowetz’s larger-than-life inflatable sculptures were inspired by insects and other natural forms. Design your own bug to add to the insect nursery.

Make sure to step into the world of master printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn in the exhibition Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. Pick up an LCD drawing board and try recreating one of Rembrandt’s famous works, or get creative put a new spin on one of his prints.

Before the year’s end, come spark imagination,
Share family fun, and find inspiration!

Incubation effect installation
The Incubation Effect by Nicole Banowetz.

Natalie Ruhe Thomas is coordinator of family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. Natalie has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Becoming Van Gogh.